Memoirs of Hadrian - Varius Multiplex Multiformis, 29-49 Summary & Analysis

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Varius Multiplex Multiformis, 29-49 Summary

In Varius Multiplex Multiformis, Hadrian begins his life's story. Hadrian is born in Italica , the child of a Spanish senator. He recalls his grandfather, Marullinis, a superstitious but educated old man. Marullinis is something of a local fixture, famous for assistance to a past emperor, but often seen walking with no shoes or cover for his head. One night, he casts young Hadrian's horoscope and determines that he will one day rule the world.

Hadrian's father is Aelius Hadrianus Afer, a man who against all odds makes no fortune as a politician. He dies when Hadrian is twelve. His mother settles into quiet widowhood for the rest of her life. Hadrian comments that his family historically had been on the wrong side of history, dissenting against every eventual victor.

Educated in Spain, Hadrian says he was prepared...

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