Antinous


UNKNOWN ARTIST
               Antinous, 2nd Century A.D.

 



 
 
This portrait of Emperor Hadrians bithynian "erumenos" (i.e. whiteheaded boy) who came to death in the Nile under mysterious circumstances in the year 132 is yet another representation of the greek ideal of youthful beauty. It is hard to say what Antinous really looked like, since many sculptures of astoundingly beautiful young men had been renamed by the artists when it became more fashionable (and maybe politically advisable) to please the cultivated yet moody Emperor who had declared his dead erumenos a new God of the Roman Empire.

 

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