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    Hadrian (AD 117-138). AV aureus (20mm, 7.11 gm, 5h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 2/5, Fine Style, graffito. Rome, AD 125-128. HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS, laureate bust of Hadrian right, slight drapery on far shoulder / C-OS-II-I, Hadrian on horseback galloping to right, couched lance in right hand, cloak billowing behind. RIC II 187d. BMCRE 437. Calic├│ 1224a.

    Although his reign was largely peaceful, Hadrian took great care to maintain the Roman military machine in a high state of readiness. His extensive touring of the Empire's frontier provinces can be seen in military terms as enforcing his policy of peace through strength. He took a special interest in the cavalry, a role usually handled by native auxiliaries. An inscription found at the site of a fortress in Lambaesis, North Africa, records Hadrian's praise for the Pannonian cavalry unit stationed there: "You did everything according to the book. You filled the training ground with your wheelings, you threw spears not ungracefully."


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