The Birth of Antinous

A telamon is a sculpted male figure serving as an architectural support in place of a column or pillar; also called an atlas. A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving this purpose.

This pair of telamons depicting Antinous-Osiris were carved from red Aswan marble from Egypt date to the 2nd century C.E. They were discovered during excavations of the Canopus at Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, though some scholars have argued they were originally placed at the Antinoeion. The sculptures are displayed at the Sala a Croce Greca, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City. The white marble statue just visible on the right of the room beyond the doorway arch is the Braschi Antinous.

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Today, November 27, the modern cult of Antinous commemorates his birth on this date, most likely in 110 C.E., in Claudiopolis, a city in the Roman province of Pontus-Bithynia. 

Felix dies natalis Antinous! 

Featured image: Entrance to Sala a Croce Greca, Museo Pio-Clementino by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta, 2011 via Wikimedia Commons

Post photo: Antinous-Osiris Telamon, Sala a Croce Greca, Museo Pio-Clementino by Jastrow, 2003 via Wikimedia Commons

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