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In ancient Rome, in A.D. 138, the third of the 5 so-called good emperors, Hadrian, died. The name of Hadrian is familiar for the wall he built and places named for him, with or without the initial "H". Hadrian was followed by Antoninus Pius, who had Hadrian deified. Just as his deification was pushed, so his accession may have been. It is claimed Trajan, his adoptive father, had not wanted Hadrian to succeed him, but was thwarted by his wife, Plotina, who covered up her husband's death until she could make sure of Hadrian's acceptance by the senate.
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