Antinous, born in 110, was a companion of the Emperor Hadrian. He was a very beautiful young man, and Hadrian made him live in his villa with him until Antinous' death in 130. They were on a trip to Egypt and he drowned in the Nile, and Hadrian mourned deeply. He had the young man deified and founded the city Antinoopolis in his honor. He erected several statues depicting the youth's face and a cult was founded in his honor that made busts, statues, and coins with him on them that is the reason for the familiar face around Rome that people can see today.

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