Friday, 15 March 2013


The modern revivers of the cult of an ancient Roman gay god have claimed that Egyptian authorities are ignoring widespread looting of the Egyptian city named for him.

Antinous was the young lover of Emperor Hadrian. He drowned in the Nile in October 130CE, aged 19. Hadrian is said to have been so distraught that he "wept for him like a woman". He deified the youth, though his precise status in the Roman pantheon seems to have been unclear.

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