Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The love of an Emperor

Hadrianus loves quite a lot of things; domes, architecture, Greek culture and a young man called Antinous. Here's a a quote describing how this young man died.

Antinous, Hadrians lover who presumably drowned in the Nile.

"Antinous was from Bithynium, a city of Bithynia, which we also call Claudiopolis; he had been a favourite of the emperor and had died in Egypt, either by falling into the Nile, as Hadrian writes, or, as the truth is, by being offered in sacrifice."

Cassius Dio - Roman History LXIX 11.2
Translated by Earnest Cary

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