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Izmir archaeology museum
15-DEC-2004

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Antinous as Androclos. AD 138-161. Ephesos (Selcuk). I hear you think, who was Androclos? Well, the Enc. Britt. prefers Androcles, "also spelled Androclus, Roman slavewho allegedly lived about the time of the emperor Tiberius or Caligula and who became the hero of a story by Aulus Gellius. The story, taken originally from a work by Apion and also found in Aelian's De natura animalium, tells that Androcles had taken refuge from the cruelties of his master in a cave in Africa, when a lionentered the cave and showed him hisswollen paw, from which Androcles extracted a large thorn. Later, the grateful animal recognized him when Androcles had been capturedand thrown to the wild beasts in the circus and, instead of attacking him, began to caress him; both were then set free. The story is the subject of the play Androcles and the Lion by George Bernard Shaw." It rings the bell of what's his name, St. Jerome (from the Carpaccio painting in Venice).

Oh, and Antinous was "favourite of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who was deified by the Emperor after his death. AntinoŘs, with whom Hadrian had a homosexual relationship, accompanied him on his many journeys throughout the Mediterranean world. While the two were visiting Egypt, AntinoŘs drowned in the Nile. Hadrian erected temples to him all over the empire and founded a city, named Antino÷polis in his honour, near the place of his death. Many sculptures, gems, and coins survive depicting AntinoŘs as a model of youthful beauty."

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Andrys Basten17-Jan-2005 04:48
You captured this one beautifully. Fantastic photo.