Antinous of the MAN museum of Naples our reproduction

Antinous of the MAN museum of Naples our reproduction


Antinous (Bitnia130 - Alexandria in Egypt 150 AD), the favorite of Publius Elio Adriano. Our terracotta reproduction follows the original 1: 1 reproduction of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MAN). The bust can be supplied in terracotta or patinated at your choice.

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Height 31.1 in 79 cm
Width 23.62 in 60 cm
Depth 11.81 in 30 cm
Weight 33.07 lbs 15 Kg
Round base diameter Ø 7.87 in 20 cm
Where the original is kept Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Napoli (MAN)
Historical period II secolo d.C.
Material Terracotta

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Antinous (in Latin Antinous; Claudiopolis, November 27, 110 or 111 - Egypt, October 30, 130 or shortly before ) was a young Greek native of Bithynia, known for the sentimental and amorous relationship he had with the Roman emperor Hadrian, who deified him after his untimely death occurred in somewhat mysterious circumstances. He was worshiped both in the Egyptian East and in the Greco-Latin West, sometimes as Theos, a true deity, others simply as a deified mortal hero .

Very little is known of his life, although it is known that he was born in Claudiopoli (now Bolu), in the Roman province of Bithynia in Asia Minor. He was probably introduced to the imperial court in 123, shortly before being taken to Italy for the completion of his higher education. He became the favorite and lover of the emperor from 128, the year in which he was part of Hadrian's personal entourage during his inspection tour of the province of Africa; he also accompanied the emperor to Greece during Hadrian's participation in the annual Eleusinian mysteries held in Athens, and was present during the hunting and killing of the sacred lion in Libyan land.

At the end of October of the year 130, while on board a flotilla traveling the Nile, Antinous died falling into the water in circumstances that remained partially obscure. Various hypotheses have been advanced in this regard: accidental drowning, suicide, murder out of jealousy, intentional human sacrifice.

After his death, Hadrian deified Antinous and founded an organized cult dedicated to his person, which soon spread like wildfire throughout the Empire; then, again to commemorate his beloved, he founded the city of Antinopoli, built near the place where the young man had found his premature earthly end and which became a center of worship for the worship of the "god Antinous" in the form of Osiris . Hadrian also instituted games in commemoration of the boy, which were held simultaneously in Antinopolis and Athens, with Antinous becoming the symbol of the emperor's Panhellenic dreams.

The figure of the handsome young man in Western culture was soon associated with homosexuality and appeared in many literary and poetic works, including those of Oscar Wilde, Fernando Pessoa and Marguerite Yourcenar.

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