Antinous: Boy Made God | University of Oxford

Antinous: Boy Made God

Event date
25 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Venue
Ashmolean Museum
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2PH
Venue details

Exhibition Gallery 8

Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Antinous was a boy-favourite of the Emperor Hadrian. He drowned in the Nile in A.D. 130, and the emperor founded a city in middle Egypt in his honour called Antinoopolis or ‘Antinous City’. A striking portrait of the boy was created by a great court sculptor, and this image was widely reproduced around the empire. More than eighty busts and statues survive. This exhibition explores the spread of Antinous’ image and his empire-wide cult as a hero and god.