My last post was my 1400th! I wish I would have known that before I hit “Publish,” alas…oh well.
But, following close on the heels of that, we have the first of two Dies Natalis Divorum today: the predecessor of Hadrian, Divus Traianus Augustus Parthicus, the Optimus Princeps or “Best Emperor” of the Romans, who expanded the Empire to its largest extent ever during his lifetime, and adopted Hadrian and made pretty much all that came after him possible in various ways. For this, we owe him great honors and thanks.
But, what else has he been up to lately? Well, in 2011, he became one of the fathers and grandfathers of the Tetrad++ Group, so that’s something! (Or, at least I think it is!)
Perhaps there is no better way to honor him than to post a poem that Hadrian wrote for him at one point:
Trajan, Aeneas‘ son, dedicated this image to Kasian Zeus,
the lord of men to the lord of immortals,
a pair of much-decorated cups and from an aurochs
a horn adorned with all-shining gold,
set aside from previous booty, when tireless
he destroyed the proud Getae with his spear:
but do you promise him, dark-clouded one, this
strife too to accomplish gloriously against the Achaemenids,
so that as you gaze on them your heart may be doubly warmed
by a pair, the Getae‘s spoils, and the Arascids‘.
So, there you have it! We have celebrated the predecessor; tomorrow, we celebrate the successor!
Ave Dive Traiane Parthice!