Post by Uncle Henry on Dec 21, 2017 2:00:42 GMT -5
Picture Post-card thirty-nine
Publius Aelius Hadrianus was born in 76 A.D. and in 117 became the sovereign ruler of the ancient Roman Empire.
He was a tremendous advocate of homo-sexualism, as so lamentably few of to-day's monarchs are. His favourite was a youth named Antinous, born around 111 A.D. into a Greek family. Our own British Museum has set up for us a display of their two busts. When Antinous suffered a fatal accident on the Nile, Hadrianus had him deified. Of course the meaning of the word "god" in ancient times differed greatly from its meaning in our own must it not have done.
The erection of this Roman Wall began around 122 A.D., and took around six years. It stretches from the banks of the River Tyne seventy-three miles westward to the Solway Firth. Hadrian himself is said to have visited Britain in 122 - can any member refer us to further detail of his journey?
The reverse side of the card reads:
Roman Wall at Housesteads Mile Castle The mile castles were about 55 feet square and garrisoned by 50 men. They were built at mile intervals, with larger forts for 1000 infantrymen occurring at intervals of 3 to 7 miles along the 73 miles of Hadrian's Wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian