Ancient Roman Statue of Antinous, circa 130-138 CE. Restored as Ganymede by Giovanni Pierantoni , 1796. Parian Marble. Lady Lever Gallery, Liverpool, England.

Antinous was regarded, according to inscriptions in various parts of the Empire, as a hero, as a divinity, and sometimes as both. His cult included temples, games, the foundation of the city of Aninoopolis, and recognition with statues and coins. He was associated, in inscription and in art, with Osiris, Thoth, Hermes, Dionysus, Apollo, Asclepius, Silvanus, Vertumnus, Diana, Athena, Poseidon, and the Celtic deity Belenus. Evidence suggests that the cult of Antinous persisted through the third century CE.


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