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"Antinous " (138-161) Vatican Museum, Vatican, Italy

This representation in marble of Antinous, the beloved youth of Emperor Hadrian stands next  to that of the Emperor, a delicate gesture by the curators of the Vatican Museums - on the other hand, note that the notoriously vague and ancient labeling wrongly states that it represents "Antoninus Pius" (138-161) - this was the name of the Emperor who followed Hadrian - Antinous drowed in the Nile in 130 while touring Egypt with the Emperor - in profound grief, Hadrian promoted commemorations and display of portrait statues in all corners of the Roman Empire - examples can be found in virtually every major European museum. Hadrian profound affection for Antinous was unusual, even for those times when homosexual affairs were not uncommon. 
 
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