Beloved and God: The Story of Hadrian and Antinous
Meadowland Books, 1996 - 298 sÝur
This volume investigates the mysteries that surround how this obscure Greek boy came to dominate the powerful emperor Hadrian. The author re-creates the glory and decadence of the Roman Empire ripe for decline. Antinous was the lover of the Roman emperor Hadrian. The author demonstrates that Hadrian's private sexual life and his obsession with his young lover Antinous did have an impact on policy and his public actions, particularly the establishment of Antinous as a state sponsored god, to be worshiped by the citizens of the Roman Empire. When Antinous, around age 20, was accidentally drowned on the Nile, the 54 year old Hadrian was devastated and his grief changed the Empire.
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