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Episode 7 - My Religion is You

Episode 7 - My Religion is You

Hadrian and Antinous

Antinous was the young lover of the great Roman Emperor Hadrian who became a god. Many of the circumstances of their relationship have become lost to time and the manipulation of each storyteller. Attempts to alter the facts to drown out the appeal of Antinous, only served to further build the intrigue around his story. He had been born a beautiful mortal man, beloved by the Emperor, when his life was tragically cut short on the banks of the Nile river. His end is shrouded in mystery. Was it accidental? Sacrificial? Or the most sinister…murder? Much of this has been lost. Antinous himself would have been lost, had not the grief of Hadrian been so great that he would immortalize him as literally as he could. Temples and statues were erected in Antinous’s honor. Cults worshipping him, rivaled the growing popularity of Christianity.  All these things served to preserve Antinous’s memory, but lost the thread of reality in th