33 – Antinous

Bust of Antinous. Roman, 131-138 CE; found in Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Italy. Antinous, the young companion of the emperor Hadrian (ruled 117-138 CE), drowned in the Nile in 130 CE and was posthumously honored with a cult that was celebrated throughout the Roman Empire. Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli displayed numerous portraits of Antinous in the guise of a pharaoh or the underworld god Osiris, wearing a traditional nemes headdress with a uraeus (royal cobra).

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