Animula Vagula Blandula
• Hadrian tells Marcus that Hermogenes, his physician, has recently examined him and found his heart condition worsening.
• Hadrian is unable to walk under his own power.
• The letter discusses the ways in which an Emperor must appear strong and capable before the Roman people.
• Hadrian discusses love and what he has learned about it over the course of his life. He deems it separate from all the rest of life's joys.
• Hadrian says he has come to the conclusion that he has a tendency to love too deeply.
• The tendency to love too deeply has caused Hadrian pain in his relationships.
• The letter goes on to say that Hadrian now finds dreams one of his favorite escapes from life.
• Hadrian says that he intended the letter as a brief update, but he has been rambling.
• Since the letter has covered so much anyway, Hadrian announces...
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