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THE PANTHEON/Agrippa & Hadrian Biographies

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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2008, 07:22:19 pm »









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Marble statue of Emperor Hadrian (Istanbul Archeological Museum).Hadrian quickly secured the support of the legions one potential opponent, Lusius Quietus, was instantly dismissed.  The Senate's endorsement followed when possibly falsified papers of adoption from Trajan were presented (although he had been the ward of Trajan). The rumor of a falsified document of adoption carried little weight Hadrian's legitimacy arose from the endorsement of the Senate
and the Syrian armies.

Hadrian did not at first go to Rome he was busy sorting out the East and suppressing the Jewish revolt that had broken out under Trajan, then moving on to sort out the Danube frontier. Instead, Attianus, Hadrian's former guardian, was put in charge in Rome. There he "discovered" a plot involving four leading Senators including Lusius Quietus and demanded of the Senate their deaths. There was no question of a trial they were hunted down and killed out of
hand. Because Hadrian was not in Rome at the time, he was able to claim that Attianus had acted on his own initia-
tive. According to Elizabeth Speller the real reason for their deaths was that they were Trajan's men.
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