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"J'ai formé le projet de te raconter ma vie." Sur son lit de mort, l'empereur romain Hadrien (117-138) adresse une lettre au jeune Marc Aurèle dans laquelle il start par donner "audience à ses souvenirs". Très vite, le vagabondage d'esprit se constitution, se met à suivre une chronologie, ainsi qu'une rigueur de pensée propre au grand personnage. Derrière l'esthète cultivé et fin stratège qu'était Hadrien, Marguerite Yourcenar aborde les thèmes qui lui sont chers : los angeles mort, l. a. dualité déroutante du corps et de l'esprit, le sacré, l'amour, l'art et le temps. À l'image de ce dernier, ce "grand sculpteur", elle taille, façonne, affine avec volupté chacun des characteristics intérieurs du grand homme à qui elle fait dire : "Je compte sur cet examen des faits pour me définir, me juger peut-être ou tout au moins pour me mieux connaître avant de mourir."

Ce sont les Mémoires d'Hadrien, troisième ouvrage publié par l'auteur, qui lui vaut une réputation mondiale. Cette destiny académicienne (élue en 1980) signe là un roman historique, mais également poétique et philosophique, à l. a. manière de L'Oeuvre au Noir qui obtint en 1968 le prix Femina. --Laure Anciel

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7–8. 93. See Heuss (1944) 57–133. Humm (2012) 83 has also argued that the curiate law was created after the monarchy had been expelled from Rome. 94. 3). See chapter 2 for a full discussion of the role played by the comitia curiata in authorizing military command. 36 Concepts and Traditions of Military Leadership in Early Rome Thus, the authority of the state became a sine qua non in defining a man as a commander. This may have involved the creation or establishment of imperium as an essential legitimizing source of military authority, or perhaps it was merely a moment when the Roman people asserted their right to give and withhold the military authority of imperium.

Cornell (1995) 297 makes this point most clearly: “The consistent and unequivocal view of our sources [is] that Rome was never a member of a general Latin alliance. In fact, the traditional account maintains that the League was a political coalition of Latin states formed in opposition to Rome. ” 73. The manuscript reads imperatores, but Coli (1951) 163 has rightly amended this to imperatorem. 74. The repetition of the phrase aves addixerant is probably an interpolation from the line above. 75.

Hal. 2. See Momigliano (1963) 103–7, Gjerstad (1967) 270– 74, Cornell (1995) 143–50 and (2003) 86–88, Rawlings (1999) 104–6, Oakley (2004) 20, Serrati (2011) 12–13. 48 Garlan has discussed how the initiation rites by which a boy became a man in ancient societies encouraged displays of bravery and bloodletting through raids and battle: “‘Private’ wars were . . ”49 Furthermore, since victims of an attack were almost certain to seek revenge for the damage and insult they suffered (what Garlan called the right of reprisal), one attack would probably stimulate similar retaliation and so on.

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