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LGBT People of History 1 - Hadrian

Updated on April 24, 2012

Callum (calpol25) and I have decided to write a few Hubs on famous gay people from the past. We will publish them alternately on our 2 HP sites. Here is the first one. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Hadrian and Antinous
Hadrian and Antinous | Source
Wall at River Petteril
Wall at River Petteril | Source
Wall at Stoneyholme
Wall at Stoneyholme | Source
Map of Hadrian's Wall
Map of Hadrian's Wall | Source


Hadrian


Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus – Hadrian – was made Emperor of Rome in 117. He was a peacemaker and started consolidating the Empire. Prior to this the Empire was in a continual state of expansion.

Hadrian’s Wall

Latin -Vallum Aelium - Hadrians Wall the latin name originates from a text on the Staffordshire Moorlands Patera. Hadrians Wall was a fortification in Roman Britain which began in 122 during the rule of Hadrian. There had been much rebellion in Roman Britain and also the rest of the Roman Empire.

There is no exact explanation as to why the the wall was built although many theories do exist, the most common of course is that it was a lot to do with Roman Power, and also that it may have been a deterrent to others with the current troubles in and around the Roman Empire.

Hadrian’s Wall spans 80 Roman Miles (73 actual miles and or 120km) and is a national cycle route and footpath stretching from the Coastal town of Bowness On Solway in Cumbria right along the northern tip of Cumbria, Northumbria and along to Segendunum at Wallsend along the River Tyne, in the North East.

The wall cuts through Carlisle although there are very few remains of it as over time Carlisle has been the focus of many battles throughout history and much has disappeared, although the cycle route does cut alongside where the wall would have been and there are some remains of it.

It was the first fortification and the most well known although another wall was created known as the Antonine Wall in Scotland which has almost very little remains.

Hadrians Wall was heavily fortified and very well guarded, it is believed that there were many gates along the wall which allowed trade and served as a customs post to levy taxation.

Some fortifications were also constructed in what is now Germany.

Hadrian’s Life

He designed the Pantheon in Rome and loved all things Greek. He attempted to improve the welfare of the Roman people, but because he travelled extensively and was absent a lot he was not popular.

Hadrian had to marry a woman (Sabina, great-niece of Emperor Trajan) for political reasons. It seems to have been a loveless marriage.

He fell for a young Greek man, Antinous, who became his Consort. They both travelled the Empire and were inseparable. When Antinous was mysteriously drowned in the Nile in 130, Hadrian was devastated and made him into a God. A city near where he was drowned was named Antinopolis.

After the death of his Consort Hadrian’s health began to decline and he never finished building a beautiful villa at Tibur (Tivoli). He loved the place and lived there for much of his time. He died in 138.


Ian and Callum


With thanks to Wikipedia and The Independent.


Here is a link to all of our Hubs on LGBT People of History:

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      To Dexter and Emma.

      Thank you both for your kind comments - there will be a number of other Hubs in a simillar vein in the future - alternating between calpol25's pages and my own.

      Ian.

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      Emma Larkins 5 years ago from Manchester, MD

      Interesting approach to bringing to light certain aspects of historic characters. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      This is really great information. I am thrilled to have learned something new today.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Which one davenmidtown? The last one I'm aware of is 5 above this one.

      Ian.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I can see my message is lost... oh well.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Welcome Dave.

      Hope you enjoyed our little ramblings! You are absolutely correct - young C has been a tremendous guide and encourager. He should get a medal!

      If you wish you could try my chemistry and maths tests!

      Good to see you.

      Ian.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      davenmidtown - I see what you mean but that was not the intention of our Hubs - only to raise awareness of people in history who were gay. As I said before their being gay was just one facet of their being. What you say about position etc is not necessarily true but often was. Perhaps the word 'Pioneer' was misinformed.

      Ian.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Ian:

      I am happy to see you finally decided to start writing your own hubs. Welcome to hub pages and i hope you have many followers. I am sure you will (or already have) learned a lot about hubpages from Callum.

      Dave

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Not to be completely argumentative... but when you use the word pioneer... it implies that these people you list have promoted or led the way for other gay people to succeed. While I think it is notable that certain people from history may have been gay... what I would like to know... is how being gay made them important. I ask because influence, position, and power were obtained usually through birth and not necessarily through hard work and dedication. If you compare Hardrian to say... Leonardo or even Marie Curie...and then ask they question why are they important? What did they pioneer? Then you may end up with a hub that has greater impact.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thankyou for your comment, Sooner28. Next Hub will soon be ready - it will appear on calpol25's site.

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Sooner 28 x We are looking forward to writing about more Pioneers too :)

      We hope that you will pop back soon :)

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      Great idea. I'm looking forward to reading about more famous LGBT pioneers! Hopefully, this will help show the opponents of equality that homosexuals have actually played a prominent role throughout history.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      That's a big question davenmidtown - the problem with gay people in ancient history is that we only have fragmentary evidence. We can maybe look at their general deeds and infer that if they were compassionate and loving (like us!) then if they were in a position of power that may have been reflected in the general effect they had. Modern day 'icons' have much more obvious effects.

      As to examples of modern day influence there are many - too many to list!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Ian.

      Daven - I understand what you mean, but its not about the Great Gay, its more about teaching and about the many people who have passed in over the centuries and celebrating the things the many things they have done, but also showing like Ian says that we did not just appear we have been here all the time :) x

      Please come back and view the next ones :)

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      How do you perceive or even compare the difference in culture surrounding notable gay people of history and the current social/cultural aspects of gay people today.. Do we have examples of modern gays of influence?

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks, Callum - you're coresponsible - you know!

      davenmidtown - thank you for your perceptive comment. Of course, being gay is just one facet of who we are. We're just trying to raise awareness of the fact that there have been gay people around forever. We didn't just appear sometime during the twentieth century! I don't know the answer to your question as I didn't meet the people in question and I would imagine it would depend on the individual concerned. We hope you'll come back to read our future Hubs. Next one will appear on Callum's HP.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Interesting hub... as a gay man myself, I am curious why homosexuality is so important an aspect of great "gay" people? Do you feel that because they were gay that they did great things or did they just happen to be gay?

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I love it, we did great here Alian346 here is to many more :)