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date: 27 February 2024


, companion of Hadrian, d. 130 CE


, companion of Hadrian, d. 130 CE
  • Antony Spawforth


Antinous, companion of Hadrian in Bithynia, born perhaps c.110 ce, was *Hadrian's companion on his longest provincial tour and in antiquity was generally regarded as the emperor's ‘beloved’ in the pederastic sense, although this is open to debate (e.g. Turcan). His death by drowning in the Nile in October 130, claimed by some to have been suicide or a ritual sacrifice, was mourned extravagantly by Hadrian. He founded the city of *Antinoöpolis near the place of death, and commissioned a statue-type, now lost, which celebrated the youthful beauty of Antinous and, perhaps, its precariousness. Hadrian also fostered a posthumous cult of Antinous as a hero or god (see hero-cult), popular in the east. See *homosexuality.


  • Roman History and Historiography

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