Hadrian (l. 78-138 CE) was emperor of Rome (r. 117-138 CE) and is recognized as the third of the Five Good Emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius) who ruled justly. His reign marked the height of the Roman Empire, usually given as c. 117 CE, and provided a firm foundation for his successor.

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  • 76 CE - 138 CE
    Life of Emperor Hadrian.
  • c. 100 CE
    Hadrian marries Vibia Sabina.
  • 117 CE
    Roman emperor Hadrian grants independence to the Kingdom of Armenia.
  • 117 CE - 138 CE
    Rule of the Roman Emperor Hadrian who supports great building projects in and around the Agora of Athens.
  • 11 Aug 117 CE - 10 Jul 138 CE
    Reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian.
  • 118 CE
    Hadrian returns to Rome. Execution of the four consulars.
  • 118 CE - 121 CE
    Beginning of the works of Hadrian's villa at Tivoli.
  • 121 CE - 125 CE
    First trip of Hadrian around the Empire: Gaul, Germania, Noricum, Britain, Cappadocia, Galatia, Bithynia, Asia, Greece, Moesia, Dacia, and Pannonia.
  • 122 CE
    Construction begins on Hadrian's Wall.
  • 123 CE
    Hadrian meet Antinous in Bithynia.
  • 124 CE
    Roman emperor Hadrian visits Lydia.
  • c. 127 CE
    The Baths of Hadrian at Lepcis Magna are completed.
  • 128 CE
    Hadrian visits Sicilia and Africa. He inspects the African army and gives the Lambesis speech.
  • 128 CE - 134 CE
    Hadrian travels to Greece, Anatolia, Syria, Judea, Arabia, Egypt and goes back via Greece.
  • 130 CE
    Death of Antinous, Hadrian's beloved, in Egypt.
  • 132 CE - 136 CE
    The Bar-Kochba Revolt.
  • 136 CE
    Adoption of L. Aelius Caesar by Hadrian.
  • 1 Jan 138 CE
    Death of L. Aelius Caesar.
  • 28 Feb 138 CE
    Adoption of Antoninus Pius by Roman emperor Hadrian.