Statue of Antinous

Statue of Antinous

Del beautiful Antinoo, teenage lover Adriano, I have already spoken in this post: https://www.pilloledistoria.it/2274/storia-antica/antinoo-bellissimo-amante-dellimperatore; the sudden and tragic death of the boy, drowned in mysterious circumstances, threw the Emperor in a state of deep despair and caused a serious well documented by sources depression.

The history Augusta informs us that after learning the terrible news, Adriano wept "Like a woman" (expression clearly ironic by the author) and he ordered that the deceased were worshiped as a god.

For this reason there is now an impressive number of statues of Antinous, as well as jewelry, busts and heads endlessly reproducing his face idealized; usually he is represented as Dionysus and Apollo, traditional Roman gods, but also with the appearance of Hermes, Asclepio, Ganimede e Attis.

Images of Antinous were sown in every corner of the Empire, and the scene of the drowning, occurring within the waters of Nile, Adriano even ordered the construction of a city in his honor, which therefore he took the name of Antinoupolis (Photo gives: notizie.it).