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Sculpted head of Antinous, a good looking young man

In this new series of short videos, with subtitles and without, our Director, Professor Caroline Vout looks at some of the standout pieces in our collection.

 

Antinous as Dionysos: The Braschi Antinous

Original: Vatican Museums, cat.256. First half of the second century CE.
Cast: MOCA no.470. Transferred from the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1884.

 

Antinous is one of the most sculpted figures from antiquity. But why was this young man from Bithynia represented across the whole of the Roman Empire? And why does he always so look so captivating? Watch this video and find out more about Antinous, his lover Hadrian, and Roman sexuality.

Please scroll down the page for the subtitled version.

 

Want to see the Braschi Antinous for yourself? This cast can be found in Bay K.

Want to know more about our cast of the Braschi Antinous? Check out our research catalogue.

 

This series of videos was produced by Communicator Limited. To see more of their work, find them on Vimeo and Twitter, @C21classics.

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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