This book explores the reasons for the explosion of city life throughout the Roman empire during the reign of Hadrian. The author finds the answer in the personality of Hadrian himself, as a patron of the arts, promoter of civic liberties and pride and as a skilled diplomat and tourist. Mary Boatwright traces the marks that Hadrian left on over 130 cities, demonstrated by the large number of inscriptions that are dedicated to him. Chapters discuss existing cities and brand new cities that show Hadrian's influence, the results of his patronage, governance and economy of citie and his personal interaction with a large part of the empire.
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