Eros and Thanatos converge in this story of a glorious youth, an untimely death, and an imperial love affair that gives rise to the last pagan god of antiquity, Antinous.
In this coming-of-age novel set in second century Rome, the Greek youth Antinous of Bithynia recounts his seven-year affair with Hadrian, the fourteenth Roman emperor. In a partnership more intimate than Hadrian's political marriage, Antinous captivates the most powerful ruler on the earth.
This version of the story of the emperor and his beloved ephebe envisions the life of the youth who after death achieved apotheosis as a pagan god whose cult of worship lasted for hundreds of years, and gives voice to Antinous, whose image still appears in museums around the world.
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Delighted to report that ESPRESSO FICTION,
an e-book anthology including my short story
"The Purple Hat," has been named a Finalist
for The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, in the
category E-book: General Fiction, sponsored
by USA Book News. Congratulations to the editors, Sabrina and Bethany - well-done!