Credit to @britishmuseum : A well-known ancient relationship was that of the Roman emperor Hadrian and his beloved Antinous. Hadrian was devastated when Antinous drowned in the Nile in AD 130. Hadrian’s love for Antinous must have been deeply felt as these sculptures are not the only evidence of their relationship. Hadrian proclaimed his lover a god, named the city of Antinoopolis after him, and also had his image included on coins which were distributed across the empire. Discover more love…
Antinous as pharaoh, red marble, 2th century CE -- Lover of emperor Hadrian, Antinous died by drowning. Hadrian decreed his deification, so cities were founded in his name, medals struck with his effigy, and statues erected to him in all parts of the empire.
Antinous (111-130 AD). Glyptothek, Munich. Magnificent bust of Emperor Hadrian's famous lover. It was carved shortly after his tragic death by drowning in the waters of Nile River.
For 2,500 years, the six statues flanked the columns of the Erechtheion Temple on the Acropolis. Hadrian and Antinous saw them in Athens during their journeys together. One was taken to the British Museum in the early 19th Century. The other five were moved to the Acropolis Museum in the 1970s for protection against the air pollution and acid rain.
FCBTC / Bust of the emperor Hadrian’s lover Antinous (d. 130 CE), depicted as Dionysus. Now in the Hermitage.