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Permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi

Statue of Antinoos
Statue of Antinoos

This well preserved sculpture (only the forearms are lacking) portrays Antinoos, the youth from Bithynia whom Emperor Hadrian loved passionately until his premature death. Antinoos's long hair was crowned by a wreath, of which there are indications of a band with leaves of a different material. This work exemplifies the evolution of ancient portraiture. Its melancholy beauty, the graceful angle of the head and the high polish of the marble surface embody the spirit of the Roman Imperial age, when there was a tendency to revive ancient Greek ideals. This most moving portrait of Antinoos was placed in the Delphi sanctuary by decision of the Amphictyons (presidents of the Pythian games) and of Aristotimos the priest. Antinoos drowned in the Nile in 130 AD and was subsequently proclaimed a god by Hadrian, who had statues and busts of the beloved youth placed in various cities and sanctuaries of the Roman empire, and established his worship, which included rituals and games in his honour.

Exhibit Features
Date: Roman period, 130 AD
Place of discovery: Delphi, close to the temple of Apollo
Dimensions: length: 0,87 m, width: 0,53 m, height: 1,84 m, base height: 0,17 m
Material: parian marble
Inventory number: 1718
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Mythological / Historic Persons
  Suggestive Bibliography
Bourguet E., Les ruines de Delphes, Παρίσι, 1914, 219-222
Guide-Le Musee de Delphes, Αθήνα, 1991, 133 - 135
Other views
The discovery of Antinoos