Tuesday, July 9, 2019


By Priest Michaelus Isom

TODAY'S installment on The Heart of Antinous is Excitement.  

There are many synonyms that can be associated with excitement. Many times, throughout his life Antinous would have experienced pleasure which is a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction. 

No doubt Antinous experienced much happiness and enjoyment with Hadrian. 

I am sure the most was when they could be just the two of them alone. 

Perhaps just talking about a subject they both loved. Walking together on the beautiful grounds of Hadrian’s Villa. 

Next, we have excitement itself. With all the traveling Antinous did the pure excitement at seeing all the wonders each place has to offer. 

Then there is enthusiasm. Antinous would have been enthusiastic to try new experiences especially when it came to the different Mysteries that he and Hadrian went through. 

This enthusiasm could possibly have made Hadrian feel young again and who knows maybe Hadrian lived at times vicariously through Antinous.  

When I see the synonym anticipation which means a feeling of excitement about something enjoyable that is going to happen. I picture Antinous about to be initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries. Or the feeling of hunting the Libyan lion. 

We can’t forget ecstasy a feeling of great happiness and pleasure, often sexual pleasure that he experienced with Hadrian. 

Lastly there is joie de vivre a feeling of pleasure and excitement that comes from enjoying life. 


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