Giovanni Battista Caccini (1556 - 1613) Marble Bust of the emperor Hadrian as a young man. Photo taken at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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In A.D. 117, Hadrian officially became Roman Emperor. 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. Thus, Trajan died on the 8th of August, but Hadrian only became emperor 3 days later.
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