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18:30 - 19:30 9 February 2012

A Boy and his Empire: Antinous, Last God of the Ancient World

Location

UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (link Map)
Malet Place | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

John J Johnston

When the beautiful youth Antinous, favourite of the Roman emperor Hadrian drowned in the Nile one autumn night in 130 AD, his legacy appeared slight. However, in the aftermath of his death, the city of Antinoopolis was founded for him, a stellar constellation was given his name, and, remarkably, Antinous was proclaimed a god with a cult, which went on to generate a vast and still instantly recognisable sculptural corpus. This lavishly illustrated lecture examines the enigmatic life and death of Antinous and draws upon artistic, archaeological, and religious sources in order to consider his legacy in the Egyptian city, which bore his name, in Rome, itself, and throughout the Empire.

Part of LGBT History Month 2012.


Contact

Debbie Challis
+44 (0)20 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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Eventbrite booking link.


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