Portraits of Antinous

Article: Looking for Antinous https://antigonejournal.com/2022/02/looking-for-antinous/

Part of a statue of Antinous depicted as Apollo, 130-138 AD, from the Via dei Fori Imperiali Rome Centrale Montemartini, Rome
Bust of Antinous, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Aquileia


Antinous on a silver dish from Armaziskhevi in Georgia.
An anthropomorphic balsamarium (ointment container) in the form of Antinous dressed in a fawn skin (attribute of the god Dionysos), 2nd century AD.
Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France.

Other scupltures…

Renaissance copy of a bronze head of Antinous, probably executed at the time of Cosimo I before 1574, National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Italy

3 thoughts on “Portraits of Antinous”

  1. It’s interesting, don’t you think…that while most writers on Roman history are male, those on Hadrian have a fair number of women writers (Speller, Yourcenar, you). It would be fascinating to know the reason why. Do you think Antinous and his relationship with Hadrian plays a role? Perhaps Hadrian’s relationship with Sabina?

    1. I think Hadrian’s relationships play a huge part. Plus, society expects women to be a bit more romantic (and I think we are). You see, his relationship to Antinous was what drew me to Hadrian but his politics is what made me stay. Hadrian is a really interesting man. Emotional yet rational, he loves deep and travels a lot. A man of the people, yet not perfect. It is interesting how he has such amazing qualities, yet can not be crowned the best emperor that ever happened to he Roman Empire. Maybe it’s the fact, that he barely fought any wars, that makes him more interesting for women. That being said, I am heavily basing the interest on social stereotypes and gender roles (e.g. women being more emotional and romantic). I identify as a women myself, but the reasons given are only a possibility and should be taken with a grain of salt.

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