Don't believe me? I've got a friend who who'll tell ya all about it. Just "column". With MANY people doubting the sincerity if his widows claims that he left the purple to, the emperor who would spend less time actually in Rome then any emperor up to that time (not to mention the scandalously effeminate), Hadrian! I have such mixed emotions about this guy, as I do tend to believe the hyperbole and blatant propaganda about the man (or at least want to sooo baaaad), but must point out that there is a certain amount of doubt to how much T-rage actually accomplished. However, what is undisputed, dude was a man's man. Known as "The Soldier Emperor" the man ruled for nearly 20 years 98-117CE!!! That's long for any soldier, led alone the soldier that ruled the largest empire on the planet. He was universally regard at the time of his death as "optimus princeps", means ,the greatest ruler! He was one of the 5 "good" (not to be compared to your modern standards) Emperors. He always reminds me of the kind of guy who would beat you up for no good reason, buy you a beer and let you sleep on his empirial couch afterword. So here's a thread to the man of the hour, Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus: (Yeah, what a warrior?!?! My show denarius of his has Mars strutting on the reverse...jus sayin) Trajan RIC 52 Traianus (98-117 AD). AR Denarius (19 mm, 2.94 g), Roma (Rome), 101-102 AD. Obv. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder. Rev. P M TR P COS IIII P P, Mars walking right, carrying spear and trophy. Trajan A.D. 98-117. AE semis (20.9 mm, 4.79 g). Struck for circulation in the East. Rome A.D. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate head right, draped left shoulder / DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, SC, legend around and within oak wreath. RIC 677; cf. BMCRE 1100 (Rome). Nearly VF Scarce. Trajan Æ Quadrans. Rome, circa AD 109-117. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder / She-wolf at bay to right, SC in exergue. RIC 692. Fine. Hadrian AR-Denarius Roma throne, 117-138 2,86g, 18mm. RIC: 146 ff. HADRIAN 117-138 AD. AR Denarius (19mm, 2.77gm). Struck 134-138 AD. Head right / Egypt reclining against basket left, holding sistrum, ibis at feet. RIC II 297; RSC 99. Ex-Savoca This coin commemorates Hadrian's visit to Egypt in 130-131 AD. It was while Hadrian was on tour in Egypt that his favorite, Antinoüs, "mysteriously" drowned in the Nile. So great was the emperor's grief that he commanded a series of religious rituals to be performed in the young man's honor, and, on the site where the body was recovered, Hadrian ordered the construction of a city called Antinöopolis in honor of the young man. Post him, his little lady, Hadrian, his little lady... Or Antinous (if you can afford something like that) or anything you deem MANLY!