Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Antinous and Silvanus; Hadrian’s Wall Day

This–the only image of Anti­nous pro­duced in the ancient world of whom we know the artist's name–has always been one of my favorite images of him. Though dam­aged, it very clear­ly shows Anti­nous as Sil­vanus, with the dis­tinc­tive falxheld upraised in his undam­aged hand. Sil­vanus is a com­plex god, and so hav­ing Anti­nous syn­cretized to him is all the more inter­est­ing–par­tic­u­lar­ly since the Roman Emper­ors (besides Hadri­an, and through Hadri­an both Tra­jan and Anton­i­nus Pius) real­ly had lit­tle to noth­ing to do with him.

So, I'd like to offer this poem in his honor today, to give a lit­tle bit of a fla­vor of some of those places and things that have demon­strat­ed or actu­al­ized the pres­ence of Sil­vanus for me.

Via http://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/antinous-and-silvanus-hadrians-wall-day/