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MARGUERITE YOURCENAR


NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES

Alexis, ou le Traite du Vain Combat, 1929

La Nouvelle Eurydice, 1931

Le Coup de Grace, 1939; in English, Coup de Grace, 1957 Denier du Reve, 1959; in preparation in English Nouvelles Orientates, 1938; revised edition, 1963
POEMS AND PROSE-POEMS

Les Charites d'Alcippe, 1956 Feux, 1936
DRAMA

Electre, ou la Chute des Masques, 1954

ESSAYS


Pinda e, 1932

Les Songes et les Sorts, 1938

Presentation Critique de Constantin Cavafy, 1958

Sous Benefice d'Inventaire, 1962
TRANSLATIONS

Virginia Woolf, Les Vagues, 1937 Henry James, Ce Que Maisie Savait, 1947


Memoirs of HADRIAN


AND REFLECTIONS ON

THE COMPOSITION OF MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN


TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY GRACE FRICK

IN COLLABORATION WITH

THE AUTHOR

Marguerite Yourcenar


FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX New York

Copyright © 1954, 1957, 1963, by Marguerite Yourcenar.

All rights reserved,

including the right to reproduce

this book or portions thereof

in any form. This work was published in French

under the title

Memoires d'Hadrien,

copyright © 1951 by Librairie Plon.

Library of Congress catalog

card number: 62-18317

Printed in the United States of America

Fourteenth printing, 1981



photo credits: Alinari, Rome; Atlantis Verlag, Zurich; M. Emmanuel Boudot-Lamotte, of Paris; British Museum, London; Capitoline Museum, Rome; Ecole Franfaise d'Athenes; Fototeca Unione, Rome; Gabinetto Fotografico Nazionale, Rome; German Archaeological Institute, Rome; Greco-Roman Museum of Alexandria, Egypt; Archives du Lomrre, Paris; National Archaeological Museum, Naples; National Museum, Rome; Ny Carlsberg Museum, Copenhagen; Palestine Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem; Rijks-museum, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Royal Coin Collection, The Hague; Service des Antiquites de I'Algerie, Algiers.


CONTENTS


ANIMULA VAGULA BLANDULA

VARIUS MULTIPLEX MULTIFORMIS

TELLUS STABILITA

SAECULUM AUREUM

DISCIPLINA AUGUSTA

PATIENTIA

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

REFLECTIONS ON THE COMPOSITION OF MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


Frontispiece

Hadrian


Florence, Uffizi Gallery

The Mondragone Antinous



Paris, Louvre

The Boar Hunt

The Lion Hunt Hadrianic Medallions from the Arch of Constantine, Rome

The Farnese Antinous



Naples, National Archaeological Museum
FOLLOWING PACE 14

Trajan at Middle Age London, British Museum

Roman Troops Crossing the Danube

Care of the Wounded, Dacian Wars Rome, Reliefs on Trajan's Column

Sabina

Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Museum
FOLLOWING PACE 58

Plotina


Rome, Capitoline Museum

Romans in Combat with Dacians

Sarmatian Cavalry in Action

Rome, Reliefs on Trajan's Column

Trajan in His Last Years (bronze)



Nijmegen, National Museum (Found in the Roman Camp, Nijmegen)
FOLLOWING PAGE 8z

Young Hadrian (bronze)



London, British Museum (Found in the River Thames)

Ruins of Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, England

Hand from Statue of Hadrian (bronze)

London, British Museum (Found in the River Thames)
FOLLOWING PAGE 104

Hadrianic Cuirass with High Relief,

Roman Wolf Supporting Athena

Torso Standing in Agora, Athens

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens



(Two Views)

Antinous of Eleusis Museum of Eleusis


FOLLOWING PAGE 158

Hadrian at Middle Age Alexandria, Greco-Roman Museum

Panorama of Ruins of Antinoöpolis

Engraving by Jomard, in Description de 1'Egypte, 1817

Antinous as Osiris Dresden, Albertinum Museum


FOLLOWING PACE 204

Hadrian in Military Dress



Paris, Louvre (Found in Crete)

Trophies from the Temple

of the Divine Hadrian Rome, Museum of the Palace of the Conservators

Letter of Simon Bar-Kochba



Dead Sea Manuscript, Palestine Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem
FOLLOWING PAGE 236

Coin Struck for Adoption of Aelius Caesar



The Hague, Royal Coin Collection

Aelius Caesar (bronze)



London, British Museum

Marcus Aurelius as a Boy Rome, Capitoline Museum

Hadrianic Coin with

Symbols of Aeternitas



The Hague, Royal Coin Collection
FOLLOWING PAGE 258

Inscription in Honor of Hadrian

as Archon of Athens Athens, Theatre of Dionysus

Hadrian's Address to the Troops at Lambaesis



Algiers, Stephane Gsell Museum

Inscription of Fraternity of

Diana and Antinous at Lanuvium

Rome, National Museum

Hieroglyphic Inscription Recording Funeral Ceremonies for Antinous



Rome, Obelisk of the Pincio
FOLLOWING PACE 284

Antinous of Antonianos of Aphrodisias Rome, Osio Collection

Marlborough Gem, Antinous (cast)

Marlborough Gem, Antinous (sardonyx) Rome, Sangiorgi Collection

Antinous as Bacchus Coin of Tion, Asia Minor
FOLLOWING PAGE 288

Interior of the Pantheon, Rome

Temple of Canope Temple of Canope, Interior

Foundation Wall of Hadrian's Tomb, Rome Engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi


FOLLOWING PAGE 324

ANIMULA VAGULA, BLANDULA, HOSPES COMESQUE CORPORIS, QUAE NUNC ABIBIS IN LOCA PALLIDULA, RIGIDA, NUDULA, NEC, UT SOLES, DABIS IOCOS. . . . P. AELIUS

HADRIANUS, IMP.


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