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Cette œuvre est à la fois roman, histoire et poésie. En imaginant les Mémoires d'un grand empereur romain, l'auteur a voulu "refaire du dedans ce que les archéologues du XIXe siècle ont fait du dehors". Jugeant sans complaisance sa vie d'homme et son œuvre politique, Hadrien n'ignore pas que Rome finira un jour par périr, mais son réalisme romain et son humanisme hérité des Grecs lui font sentir l'importance de penser et de servir jusqu'au bout. "... Je me sentais responsable de la beauté du monde", dit ce héros dont les problèmes sont ceux de l'homme de tous les temps : les dangers mortels qui du dedans et du dehors confrontent les civilisations, la quête d'un accord harmonieux entre le bonheur et la "discipline auguste", entre l'intelligence et la volonté.

©1974 Marguerite Yourcenar (P)2019 Editions Gallimard; 1974 Editions Gallimard

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Can’t really rate this title since I couldn’t understand a word. My high school French was 50 years ago!

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Towering reputation but. . .

I could not fully grasp the reasons for this book being as famous as it is. The prose is classical and magisterial, the Erudition beyond question, And there’s an interesting parallel between Rome’s time of glory and the PAX americana that surrounded her as she wrote this book in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But I could never quite believe that this was Hadrian’s voice