The Doctors’ foray into the adoptive emperors continues with an exploration of Hadrian. Following in the shadow of Trajan, Hadrian is a complex and interesting figure who divides the opinion of the senate, and is both praised and critiqued by the historical record. Let the Partial Historians guide you through some of the interesting details […]

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In this episode, the principate of Trajan is presented in swathes of very Pliny-coloured praise. The rule of Trajan is significant for the definitive transformation of the Roman principate from a dynastic system to what eventually will be referred to as ‘the adoptive emperor’ period. So who is this Trajan character and why does he […]

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