Antinous: The great love of Emperor Hadrian.
Antinous was born approximately between 110 and 115 A.D. in Claudiopolis, a city located in the Roman province of Bithynia (now northwest of Turkey). Hadrian, who traveled throughout the Empire during his reign, visited Claudiopolis twice, in 121 and 123 A.D.
Antinous, then supposed to be 14 years old, attracted the attention of Hadrian (who had passed his forties) as soon as they met during the first or second imperial visit? No one can say. Did they immediately become lovers? Opinions differ. Some historians say so.
Although Antinous had only been one of the many beautiful squires at the beginning of their relationship, the two men would never again separate and Antinous soon became the emperor's faithful companion and his greatest love.
Hadrian and Antinous were inseparable for six years and accompanied him on all his journeys to the heart of the Empire, until his trip to Egypt on October 30, 130, during which Antinous was found drowned in the Nile. No one knew how or why, it happened. There is still speculation today about the nature of his death: was it an accident, a murder, a suicide or some kind of sacrificial rite?
Historian Dion Cassius claims that he was sacrificed to prolong Hadrian's existence. Maybe Antinous wanted to show his love by committing suicide.... Others think he drowned in the Nile; probably a simple accident, as Hadrian mentions. Rarer, some think of a murder, perpetrated by high-ranking figures who feared that the Emperor would adopt his favorite to make him his successor. The case is strange, even today, because no one could prove the mysterious circumstances of his death.
Height: 97 cm.
Width: 76 cm.
Depth: 76 cm.
Weight: 48 Kg
Material: reconstituted marble (marble powder + high density resin)