Thursday, August 30, 2012


FLAMEN Antonyus Subia has arrived in Rome and is settling in to his five-star hotel overlooking the Ancient Forum at the outset of a week-long pilgrimage coinciding with the historic, first-ever ANTINOUS EXHIBITION at Hadrian's Villa.

First order of priestly business after freshening up from the 11-hour flight from Los Angeles was to visit the Forum and environs, Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and adjacent sites.

As Flamen Antinoalis or "high priest" of the modern Religion of Antinous, Antonyus is ever mindful that he is the first practicing and recognized Priest of Antinous to set foot on these ancient paving stones since the Fall of the Ancient Religion of Antinous with the rise of Christianity.

He is following in the footsteps of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (the Father of Archaeology and Art History) and others throughout the centuries who have been instrumental in keeping the memory of Antinous alive through ages of darkness, anti-gay persecution and ignorance.

The week-long pilgrimage will take Antonyus to all the Sacred Sites associated with Hadrian and Antinous in the Eternal City.

He will meditate and carry out religious rites at the Pantheon, the Obelisk of Antinous, Hadrian's Mausoleum, the Temple of Venus and Jupiter built by Hadrian and of course Hadrian's Villa.