Marguerite Yourcenar: Mémoires d'Hadrien

An any of the leadership in Rome He fought courageously but was iscomforted from all the killing that was necessary to put Singing the Kyrgyz Manas down rebellions or conuer new territory To Hadrian the warriors women and children they were killing were people that could have made good Roman citizens This experience convinced him to change the policies of his predecessors As Emperor he stopped the expansion of the empire and spent his time shoring up the relationship of Rome with the people of all the nations that composed the Roman Empire He wanted everyone to have skin in the game I wasetermined that even the most wretched from the slaves who clean the city sewers to the famished barbarians who hover along the frontiers should have an interest in seeing Rome endure PantheonHe rebuilt the Pantheon I myself had revised its architectural plans Witch Way to Murder drawn with too littlearing by Apollodorus utilizing the arts of Greece only as ornamentation like an added luxury I had gone back for the basic form of the structure to the primitive fabled times of Rome and to the round temples of ancient Etruria Hadrian was enad with Greece and brought their philosophies and focus on art back to prominence in Roman thought He built cities repaired sculptures and ancient architecture not just in Italy but throughout the territories He wanted his thinking his beliefs to be felt everywhere He was the first Emperor to travel to all of the geography of the Roman Empire Instead of conuest he built walls most famously in England to keep out nations hostile to Rome He spent time away from Rome than he Before The Legend did in Rome and improved the feeling towards Rome just by being a presence in areas mostisaffected and Pagan Babies disenchanted with being part of the Empire Hadrian s WallHadrian loved meeting people fromifferent cultures and as a good Roman always wanted to assimilate the best of all humanity He was a eep thinker who had a broad understanding of philosophies and religions He liked to take time to think to fantasize about a new life a new world but at the same time found that even entertaining such ideas he was alone among men of his class I played with the ideaTo be alone without possessions without renown with none of the advantages of a civilization to expose oneself among new men and amid fresh hazardsNeedless to say it was only a ream and the briefest Best Practices dream of all This liberty that I was inventing ceased to exist upon closer view I should uickly have rebuilt for myself everything that I had renounced Further wherever I went I should only have been a Roman away from Rome A kind of umbilical cord attached me to the City Perhaps at that time in my rank of tribune I felt still closely bound to the empire than later as emperor for the same reason that the thumb joint is less free than the brain Nevertheless Iid have that outlandish The Real Truth about Success dream at which our ancestors soberly confined with the Latian fields would have shuddered to have harbored the thought even for a moment makes me foreverifferent from them Even Emperor s The IKEA Edge dream of being someone else Marguerite YourcenarYourcenar as you can tell from the uotes I have shared tells this story from the first person narrative in the form of a letter to Marcus Aurelius We are in the mind of Hadrian We experience the building of his philosophies the implementation of change he had envisioned while only a tribune and the compassion and retribution he shows his enemies We feel the grief on par with Alexander for Hephaestion when Hadrian s very close lover a Greek youth named Antinousrowns Rome was lucky to have him as Emperor uring a time when they were struggling to maintain control of an empire that had grown too large He certainly extended the life of the Roman Empire and put forward concepts in particular to euality that were far ahead of their time This novel is considered a classic of historical fiction and like all good literature I know I will be thinking about it for a long long time Highly RecommendedIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at This book is the fruit of one of the most ambitious literary projects I have ever seen At the age of twenty Marguerite Yourcenar conceived the idea of writing the life of the Emperor Hadrian She spent five years on the task then estroyed the manuscript and all her notes Over the next Simple Italian Snacks decade and a half she returned to the idea several times and each time admittedefeat Finally in her early 40s she arrived at a method she could believe in which she Biscuit Meets the Class Pet describes as half history half magic she spent several years systematically transforming herself into a vessel for the longead Emperor s spirit She read every book still in existence that mentioned him or that he might have read She visited the places he had visited and touched the statues he had touched Every night she tried to imagine that she was Hadrian and spent hours writing minutely Werewolf Smackdown (Felix Gomez, detailed accounts of what he might have seen and felt She was acutely aware of all the pitfalls involved and used her considerable skills to efface herself from the process sheid not want to breathe on the mirror She compiled tens of thousands of pages of notes and rough My Jesus Year drafts nearly all of which she burned The final result the memoirs Hadrian might have composed on hiseathbed but never Try This did represents theistilled essence of this process and it is uniue in my experience The language is a beautiful and highly stylised French that feels very much like Latin the cadences are those of Latin and every word she uses is originally The Mistress Diaries (Pembroke Palace, derived from Latin or Greek This effect must be hard to imitate in translation to a non Romance language The world view is throughout that of the second century AD The illusion that Hadrian is speaking to youirectly is extraordinarily compelling Hadrian emerges as a great man With Trajan s conuest of Mesopotamia just before his accession to the throne the Empire had reached its peak indeed it was now clearly over extended and threatened with collapse Hadrian s The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl difficult task was to stabilise it to the extent possible and maintain the increasingly uneasy peace and he succeeded well enough that it survived for several hundred years after hiseath He Poisonous Snakes describes his work with measured passion neither boasting of his successes norespairing of his occasional Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love, dreadful failures the Second Jewish War occurred near the end of his reign resulting in the obliteration of Judea and theispersal of the entire Jewish race He is candid about his private life and Yourcenar s escription of his tragic liaison with Antino s is probably the most impressive achievement of the book Hadrian who like most of his class was promiscuously bisexual takes as his lover a fourteen year old boy The relationship like everything else in the book is presented entirely within the context of Hadrian s own culture and I was able to accept it as such It s extremely moving even if you are the absolute ruler of the known world you are as efenceless against love as everyone else When Antino s kills himself shortly before his twentieth birthday Hadrian realises too late that he is the love of his life His Stoic philosophy and his strong sense of Chore Whore duty keep him functioning but from then on he only longs to be releasedIt is fortunate that every now and then the world acuires for a brief moment a man like Hadrian or a woman like Yourcenar Read this book and you will feel inspired to be a better person There is a word that keeps popping up in my reading I go so far as to say that this word is the underlying The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition descriptor for the majority of my favorite books in some way The thing is that I can t tell you exactly what that word is nor what it means In Turkish the word is h z n In Korean it is maybe something close to han in French perhaps ennui though I am far from satisfied with that and in Japanese mono no aware None of these words mean uite the same thing none has the same connotations or the same cultural usage really but nonetheless they all get at something something they all peek and pry at fromifferent angles but o not capture entirely For me the meaning of all these words is most exuisitely expressed in a Latin phrase Lacrimae rerum It is. ?ладея историческим материалом и мастерски используя достоверные исторические детали рисует Адриана человеком живым удивительно близким и понятным нашему современнику.

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I stepped on eck the sky still wholly Memory Boot Camp dark was truly the iron sky of Homer s poems indifferent to man s woes and joys alikeBut the man looking at the limitless space above him was not indifferent He knew the woes of his people and joys of his imperium sine fine He knew he was both human and supremelyivine Hadrian the Good Hadrian the Almost Wise I London Calling didn t know much about Hadrian Only his name along with some cursoryetails occupied a negligible space of my knowledge bank I Orchard Valley Grooms didn t know Marguerite Yourcenar or Grace Frick either So to read about a Roman Emperor by way of fictional memoirs was an unlikely venture for me I was curious rather than interested as to what exactly this book has achieved which made several of my friends here to write some really exceptional paean in its honor And now here I am adding another voice in telling others that no matter how big or small your library is it is essentially incomplete without Memoirs of Hadrian The traces of a golden era which existed centuries ago can be found among the walls of royal palaces the colors of timeless paintings and the magnificence of stationary sculptures They not only tell about the artist s muse but the artist themselves But every so often a thick curtain of those very centuries comes in between the creator and the creation It is then that a need arises of transcending the margins of history books of crossing the vanished borders of being aifferent person altogether The insight reuired in Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 depicting a time period other than one is born into and the love reuired in capturing the beauty of an important individual one has never met becomes the steadfast foundation of an unparalleled wonder Marguerite Yourcenar has given us one such wonder which would stay by your side both in this lifetime and beyond When useless servitude has been alleviated as far as possible and unnecessary misfortune avoided there will still remain as a test of man s fortitude that long series of veritable illseath old age and incurable sickness love unreuited and friendship rejected or betrayed the mediocrity of a life less vast than our projects and Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, duller than ourreams in short all the woes caused by the The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant divine nature of things Being aying person and still feeling a sense of tremendous responsibility towards the mankind is a mark of a true leader Hadrian while on his One Girl One Dream death bed beueathed a small package of valuable reflections in the form of a lovely letter to young Marcus Aurelius but behind the salutation of Dear Mark one can imagine their own name being addressed These are the most beautiful and honest thoughts I have ever laid my eyes on This is how Yourcenar has given us a memorable trip to a glorious world which was and where Hadrian still is She hasn t presented her hero in the shining bright light of perfection and righteousness Hadrian was fallible but he knew how to strike thatifficult balance between the The Amazing SAS different philosophies of life If his conuests had humility his losses contained prudent lessons If he had immense love for his empire he hadeep respect for other cultures If he cultivated virtues of his men he mitigated his own vices too He was not God but he was Godlike With mesmerizing writing exuisite translation and the portrait of a majestic ruler everything here is much than what their title suggest Hadrian was than an Emperor Marguerite was than a writer Grace was than a translator and this book it is much than a book Hospes Comesue But books lie even those that are most sincere The less adroit for lack of words and phrases wherein they can enclose life retain of it but a flat and feeble likeness Some like Lucan make it heavy and encumber it with a solemnity which it The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter does not possess others on the contrary like Petronius make life lighter than it is like a hollow bouncing ball easy to toss to and fro in a universe without weight The poets transport us into a world which is vaster and beautiful than our own with ardor and sweetnessiffe Margerite Yourcenar s Hadrian is not only the Roman Emperor citizen of the world and eified ruler whose heart throbbed at the cadence of Greek poetry whose resilient physiue conuered the barbarian borders of northern Britannia whose strategic mind enforced groundbreaking laws to regulate the use of slaves and to promote culture in the Pantheon whose modesty silenced insurgent voices and whose excesses intimidated allied ones I have come to think that great men are characterized by the extreme position which they take and that heir heroism consists in holding to that extremity throughout their lives They are our poles or our antipodes Underneath the imposing greatness of the historical figure that Yourcenar pens with unfaltering exterity a moribund man exhales his last breath prostrated on his The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, deathbed and confronts his contradictory selves Drowned in erotic ambiguity haunted by idyllic remembrances of platonic love and superfluous infatuation Hadrianrops the mask of formidable Emperor and shows himself as a vulnerable man plagued by his remorse aggressive pride and reckless ambition who can t impede the upcoming Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, dissolution of the world he has so meticulously constructed with obsessiveiscipline and bloodstained sacrifice Combining prodigious refinement with erudite The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker depth Yourcenar masters the first person narrative and becomes a multifaceted ventrilouist thateconstructs the layers of Hadrian s overpowering personality while unfolding his intimate ponderings about ageing and Quadruplets On The Doorstep death friendship and true love art and philosophy justice and social order with academic rigorousness and aesthetic excellence creating aramatic tension that reaches its peak through self absorbed observation rather than galloping actionAnd when the last line is avidly consumed and the confessor meets its nemesis no historical grandeur or remarkable feat will be imprinted on the reader s ephemeral memory The intoxicating scent of literary perfection is what will linger in anonymous nostrils the texture of velvety words is what will invade mental taste buds and a wave of Luke disarming tenderness and stunned regret will choke the humbled witness of the remnants of two thousand years of mag This ought not to work on a number of levels and ought not to be as good as it is A historical novel about the Romans there is so much temptation to go into Life of Brian mode at this point indeed about one of their emperors Hadrianominated Marguerite Yourcenar s life for many years with rewrites abandonments acres of notes and thoughts and an immense amount of research including travel to places Hadrian had been The novel is in the form of a letter from Hadrian to his adopted grandson Marcus Aurelius It is in the first person Hadrian is in his final illness and is looking back over his life If you are looking for snappy The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane dialogue then this is not the book for you nor is there any action It is a series of musings reflections philosophizing and making comment as Hadrian works through his life The novel is essentially interior and Yourcenaroes say why she selected this particular interior to focus on It stems from a uote she found by Flaubert Just when the gods had ceased to be and the Christ had not yet come there was a uniue moment in history between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius when man stood alone This seems to have been the attraction of Hadrian The novel was published in 1951 and there may also be some connection between the post Second World War situation and Hadrian s timeHadrian s musings are wide ranging and cover love especially Antinous his teenage lover administration managing and empire war religion philosophy especially Greek food marriage pastimes hunting et al politics friends and enemies travel and much Hadrian is a great liker of things and generally uite positive not afraid to compromise to get things A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy done Yourcenar puts into Hadrian s mouth all sorts of aphorisms and wise words For example Men adore and venerate me far too much to love meMeditation uponeath The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning does not teach one how toie Our great mistake is to try to exact from each person virtues which he oes not possess and to neglect the cultivation of those which he has I am not sure that the iscovery of love is Вымышленные записки воспоминания римского императора в поразительно точных и живых деталях воскрешают эпоху правления этого мудрого и просвещенного государя полководц.

Ecessarily exuisite than the iscovery of poetry The techniue of a great seducer reuires a facility and an indifference in passing from one object of affection to another which I could never have however that may be my loves have left me often than I have left them for I have never been able to understand how one could have enough of any beloved The esire to count up exactly the riches which each new love brings us and to see it change and perhaps watch it grow old accords ill with multiplicity of conuests There are The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated dozens like that usually making the book a joy to read occasionally irritating or provoking You can tell this novel has really been polished and honed worked on over and over again This is so good a novel that it is easy to forget this isn t real history Mary Beard s Guardian article explodes some of those myths is fiction but its great stuff and a great novel I am also interested in reading by Yourcenar her life was also very interesting This is a gorgeous book by Marguerite Yourcenar with the emperor writing to future emperor philosopher Marcus Aurelius about his life and the burdens of leadership Its tone is a perfect balance of nostalgia regret and pride all mixed together A true masterpiece that took her ten years to write i In the notes at the back of this book Marguerite Yourcenar tells us that in 1941 she stumbled upon some Piranesi engravings in a shop in New York One of them was a view of the interior of Hadrian s Villa as it might have looked in the 1740s I say might have because the famous Piranesi had a talent for adding interesting layers to his engravings of the monuments of Rome What his contemporaries viewed as simply ruins took on new life in his rendering imbued with the phantasms of his peculiar imagination Yourcenar who had been researching Hadrian s life for many years interprets Piranesi s version of Hadrian s Villa as the inside of a human skull upon which strands of vegetation hang like human hair She recognizes Piranesi s genius in conveying an hallucinatory echo of the tragic interior world of the Villa s former owner the Emperor Hadrian and she praises Piranesi s medium like gifts his ability to be an extraordinary intermediary between the Villa and the Emperor When I hadigested her words it occurred to me that this is exactly how I Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue describe her own achievement in this book Hers too are medium like gifts she is an extraordinary intermediary between Hadrian and the reader We are inside his head uite an hallucinatory experienceAnd there s a further parallel between the Piranesi engraving and Yourcenar s book Piranesi chose to represent the part of the villa known as the Temple of Canope which Hadrian had created as a space to commemorate Antinous the Silent Confessions dead Greek youth he idolized The statue of Antinous which Hadrian had placed in the centre of that space was no longer there in Piranesi s time but it is interesting that among the many possible views of Hadrian s Villa which Piranesi could have selected he chose the exact site of the missing statue Antinousominates Piranesi s work by his absence just as he A Texas Holiday Miracle dominated Hadrian s life by his absence and Yourcenar s book in turnIt seemed fitting to seek out the missing statue though it s not been an easy task We know it was a Bacchus but among the many statues of Antinous that exist severalepict him as Bacchus The large marble known as the Braschi Antinous now in the Vatican Museums corresponds best perhaps to Yourcenar s 74 Seaside Avenue description of the statue that she believes once stood in Hadrian s Temple of Canope view spoiler hide spoiler Through the mists of time the clouds lift but only partly always remain overcast they never give up theireep secrets and the myths will continue such is history such was the Roman Emperor Hadrian of the second century no Julius Caesar but who was Sill a very capable man born in Italica what is now Spain to a Roman family of landowners and Senators they had left Italy centuries before and prospered His cousin Emperor Trajan many years his senior later adopts the young man sent to Rome for an education by his family at 12 with a trusted guardian the father had just expired at 40 The future ruler shows promise studies hard and The Note does well in the army he is fearless against the enemy maybe even reckless his men always cheer him as a civilian too a good magistrate in Rome though like many men of his age spends his money foolishly loving both men and women and goes intoebt this annoys Trajan greatly The tough old soldier Emperor comfortable leading his conuering army than playing the politician in the capital it would be the same for Hadrian A crisis appears the The Loving Gift dying feeble ruler is in no hurry to officially name his successor maybe this will insure hisemise too busy planning and fighting a war in faraway Mesopotamia and The Wildcatter dreams of future conuests for his glory a bloody conflict that cannot be won The Empress Pompeia Plotina a close friend of Hadrian helps him to beeclared Emperor at the passing of his cousin Not a lover of women he had a few that were instrumental in his rise to power strangely Matilda his mother in law but not his second cousin Sabina his neglected wife she hated him but idn t cause any scandals to the grateful Hadrian And Hadrian wants peace his Empire needs it badly an inveterate reader lover of the Arts he fixes the economy reforms the law the army brings back wealth to its ignored citizens Yet he will leads the Romans in war as he oes in Palestine suffering countless thousands of casualties against the Jewish uprising In Asia Minor what is now Turkey meeting a Greek boy Antinous in Claudiopolis the Roman province of Bithyniasent to Rome to receive schooling this attractive child grows up and becomes the love of Hadrian s life Years later the returning handsome teenager travels with the Emperor they become constant companions but in Egypt on the Nile River a mystery happens the lifeless body of Antinous 19 is found an apparent Her Nine Month Confession drowning or murder suicide an accident We will never learn the truthFor the rest of hisays the melancholic Emperor mourns numerous statues made a magnificent new city built Antinoopolis by the river near where he the boy A Southern Reunion died an ardent cult begins to worship him games played for his memoryeified also by Hadrian but he Antinous will still be gone forever An ailing Hadrian in his last few months sees that everything he has Let It Go done will vanish as theesert sands shift so too Charade of Hearts does the hearts of men all is vanity A terrific historical novel one of the best if not the greatest ever written This book gives you an idea what the Roman Empire was like at its summit Well worth reading for those interested I was beginning to find it natural if not just that we must perish Our literature is nearing exhaustion our arts are falling asleep Pancrates is not Homer nor is Arrian a Xenophon when I have tried to immortalize Antinous in stone no Praxiteles has come to hand Our sciences have been at a standstill from the times of Aristotle and Archimedes our technicalevelopment is inadeuate to the strain of a long war our technical The Yuletide Rescue (Alaskan Search and Rescue development is inadeuate to the strain of a long war even our pleasure lovers grow weary ofelight More civilized ways of living and liberal thinking in the course of the last century are the work of a very small minority of good minds the masses remain wholly ignorant fierce and cruel when they can be so and in any case limited and selfish it is safe to wager that they will never change HadrianHadrian ruled from 117 138 and was the 14th Emperor of the Roman Empire He was the third of five emperors that are referred to as the good emperors He had good men to follow and also provided a good example of leadership to those that followed in his footsteps He was the adopted son of Trajan Roman Emperors seemed to routinely struggle to produce offspring and the first controversy of his ascension to power was that Trajan had never officially named him as his successor but on a Toward a Better Life deathbed edict signed by Plotina the wife of Trajan not by the Emperor Hadrian was named to succeed He was uniuely ualified to lead Rome As a soldier he was able to view the empire from aifferent perspective th. а философа и покровителя искусств эпоху ставшую золотым веком в истории Римской империи Автор выдающаяся писательница Франции первая женщина член Академии великолепно

The first woman to be elected to The French Academy the multi talented personality of Marguerite Yourcenar was a novelist essayist playwright short story writer poet and translator She was an artist at reconstructing historical eras in the form of her novels Her novels dealing with modern issues set in historical eras won her immense fame as a writerThe inheritance Yourcenar received afte