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Emperor Hadrian + Antinous by MeteoDesigns Emperor Hadrian + Antinous by MeteoDesigns
EMPEROR HADRIAN & ANTINOUS (124 ce)

Hadrian deemed Antinous to be the most beautiful young man in all the Roman Empire. Sadly, Antinous drowned mysteriously in the Nile River. Hadrian deified the youth after his untimely death, and Antinous was worshiped as a god; whole cities were founded in his name. As a result of his popularity and statues erected in his likeness, the face of Antinous became one of the most recognizable faces in antiquity. A statue of Antinous and what is believed to be his tomb reside in Hadrian’s luxurious Hellenistic-inspired villa.
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mizstorge Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Actually, it wasn't Hadrian who deified Antinous - it was the Egyptians. But Hadrian whole-heartedly entered into the worship of Antinous, endorsing and promoting his cult by establishing games, constructing temples, and building the city of Antinoopolis.
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JKL-FFF Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Antinous looks a bit like Benedict Cumberbatch.
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student General Artist
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so beautiful!
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mizstorge Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I just learned about these lovers and this is abeautifully evocative image of their relationship!
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Hadrian and Antinous are perhaps one of my favest gay couples of ancient history (them and Harmodius and Aristogeiton). Maybe I'm partial to the emperor and his lover because I had to draw their busts over and over again in order to be accepted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. =P But apart from the fact that Antinous was a looker, I really like their love story and I can't help being reminded of it all the time since Athens is full of monuments built by Hadrian. *feels proud* :D
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Antinous51 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I love the series and this is my absolute fav
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