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Hadrian

Dan Snow takes us on a journey around Hadrian's vast empire. As he does so, he uncovers the genius and the darker side of the man.

Dan Snow takes us on a journey around Hadrian's vast empire.

Immortalised in the UK after building a Wall on the edge of his Empire, which bears his name to this day. Hadrian's Wall, as it is known, is just a tiny portion of a massive structure Hadrian had built to protect the Roman Empire, with similar, sister walls running through northern Europe and still more in north Africa. His legacy also includes the Pantheon in Rome.

Hadrian brought the Empire to an unparalleled period of peace and prosperity. At the heart of this great Empire, however, lay a mystery - Hadrian's relationship with a young man, Antinous. The friendship led to Antinous being deified by Hadrian following his death, in strange circumstances, on the Nile.

Dan Snow uncovers the genius and the dark side of Hadrian: peace-maker, frontier-builder, star-crossed lover, architect - and ruthless oppressor of the jews. But still, Dan concludes, Hadrian was one of the greatest Roman emperors.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Oct 2011 23:45

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Presenter Dan Snow

Broadcasts

  • Sat 19 Jul 2008 20:00
  • Sat 19 Jul 2008 20:10
  • Sun 20 Jul 2008 22:30
  • Wed 13 Aug 2008 01:20
  • Tue 2 Sep 2008 19:00
  • Tue 2 Sep 2008 23:20
  • Tue 13 Jul 2010 00:00
  • Wed 30 Mar 2011 21:00
  • Wed 30 Mar 2011 23:50
  • Fri 10 Jun 2011 22:30
  • Thu 13 Oct 2011 22:00
  • Sat 15 Oct 2011 01:00
  • Sun 16 Oct 2011 23:45