Birthday: January 24, 76 (Aquarius)
Born In: Italica, Hispania
Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known as Hadrian, was the Emperor of Rome from 117 to 138. He belonged to an aristocratic Roman family with roots in Italica, Hispania. After the death of his father, he was brought up by Emperor Trajan of Rome who was his father’s cousin. He started his administrative career as a minor magistrate and went on to do three tenures in the army to gain military experience. Later, he was elected to the senate and became a member of the Emperor’s personal entourage. He was close to Empress Plotina and got married to her grand-niece, which qualified him to succeed Trajan after his death. Unlike his predecessors, he did not expand the Roman Empire, but consolidated his kingdom and brought in peace and prosperity. He built monuments and developed art and culture. The Hadrian wall, which protected his kingdom from the barbarians and his autobiography are noteworthy. He had no children of his own and was openly gay, due to which he had to adopt his successor. Though his rule was marred by controversies, he has gone down in history as one of Rome’s good Emperors.