Cast of Antinous as Bacchus, ?late 18th century
After Unidentified Roman sculptor
RA Collection: Art
Antinous, the young Greek companion of Hadrian drowned in the Nile while travelling in the Emperor's entourage in 130 AD. Devastated his death, Hadrian ordered that Antinous should be worshipped as a god. He founded the Egyptian town of Antinopolis amongst others and had hundreds of temples and statues made in his honour.
This is a cast from an original bust in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which dates from 101 - 200 AD and was excavated by Gavin Hamilton at Tivoli in Italy.
810 mm x 394 mm x 420 mm
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