Hymn XIX: To Antinous and Sabina

People of Antinous, let us honor Diva Sabina,
wife of Hadrian, Augusta, goddess, mother
of the Empire! Let us honor her as Antinous did,
as courtier to empress, as consort to spouse,
as a youth to a matron, perhaps even as a son
to a mother. People of Antinous, let us honor
Antinous even as Sabina did, as companion
to her husband, as beauty too soon lost, as
god by the gift of Osiris and the Nile.
Let us honor Sabina who was honored
in the city of Antinous and upon his Obelisk;
let us honor Antinous whom Sabina hymned
as god, who welcomed her upon her apotheosis.
Hail to you, Antinous and Sabina, loved
and honored by Hadrian, the new Hermes
and the imperial Ceres, Eros and Venus,
deus homo, augusta diva, avete!

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2 thoughts on “Hymn XIX: To Antinous and Sabina

  1. Very nice!

    Who is next? Three foster-kids of a rich Athenian Sophist? A scribal student at Hadrian’s court who died? A Seleucid-Ptolemaic scion and Sapphic poetess? Sparky the Wonder-Dog? Who could it be???!!!??? 😉

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