Marguerite Yourcenar is one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century. Author of over twenty books--of which Hadrian is her acknowledged masterpiece--she was the first woman elected to the Academie Francaise. She died in 1987.
If you want to know what 'ancient Roman' really means, in terms of war and religion and love and parties, read Memoirs of Hadrian. - The New Yorker