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Nov 12, 2012 Basileus commented on Savage Love.
Interesting that you know of Antinous, and the cult Hadrian founded over him. From my research it lasted in Egypt (in a smaller form) right up until Egypt was taken over by Islam.

As for why Hadrian went so overboard, no one really knows what happened on that Nile cruise. It should be noted that Hadrian's wife was ALSO on that cruise. Murder, suicide or accident have all been posited. My guess is that Antinous was growing older and either Hadrian started losing interest, or more likely, he felt he couldn't continue that particular relationship with a full grown man, which was frowned upon in Roman Society. So I think Antinious killed himself.
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