Hadria'nus, C. Fa'bius
was legatus, praetor, or propraetor in the Roman province of Africa, about B. C. 87-84. His government was so oppressive to the Roman colonists and merchants at Utica, that they burnt him to death in his own praetorium. Notwithstanding the outrage to a Roman magistrate, no proceedings were taken at Rome against the perpetrators of it. For besides his oppressions, Hadrianus was suspected of secretly instigating the slaves at Utica to revolt, and of aspiring, with their aid, to make himself independent of the republic, at that time fluctuating between the parties of Cinna and Sulla. (Cic. in Verr.
1.27, 5.36; Pseud. Ascon. in Verr.
p. 179, Orelli; Diod. fr. vat.
p. 138, ed. Dind.; Liv. Epit. 86
; V. Max. 9.10.2
.) Orosius (5.20
) gives Hadrianus the nomen Fulvius.