Monday, February 8, 2016

THE ANTINOUS BUST WITH BREAD OFFERING



OUR religion's founder Antonius Subia is in London today, making a pilgrimage to the British Museum to see the original Townley Antinous bust.


As he gazes upon the original bust ... he smilingly remembers the first time he saw the replica Townley Antinous which was cast from a mold taken from the original at the British Museum.

That was during a visit to a well-known bronze foundry in Los Angeles where replicas of famous works of art are made. It was there that he saw Antinous perched atop a refrigerator ... with a loaf of American sandwich bread in front of it as if in offering.

Here is the memory in his own words:

"This is the infamous Antinous bust with offering of bread. When my friend Rick took Priest Uendi and me to the bronze foundry (very early in the morning thank you) after a Boar Hunt ceremony, he told us that the owner was looking to sell his plaster cast of the Townley bust from the British Museum, a life-size cast taken from the original, and that he could talk the owner into selling it to me for a good price, we were spell-bound.

"When we arrived we found that the cast was being stored in the employee break room on top of the refrigerator with a loaf of bread ... like a Mexican offering. 

"Apollo seems to think the offering was only for him. 

"Antinous says, 'I'm getting out of here ... you can have the bread and fridge top all to yourself'."

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BRITISH ARTIST FEATURES ANTINOUS
IN GAY HISTORY MONTH SCULPTURE SHOW


A British artist is featuring Antinous and Hadrian in an exhibition of the most exquisitely remarkable sculptures for Gay History Month in February in Cornwall.

Contemporary gay artist Malcolm Lidbury's sculptures will be on view at the Open Studio Cornwall LGBT history project 2016 sculpture exhibition in Devon, Cornwall, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th Feb. 2016. Valentines weekend!

The CORNWALL FREE OPEN STUDIO LGBT History 2016 Exhibition consists of composite sculptures of mythical, religious and historical LGBT figures which (rightly or wrongly) are known, accredited or alluded to having same-sex relationships in their lifetimes/histories.

The artist also intends the sculptures as a metaphor.

Gay equality and protection in law may seem firmly cast, but the ebb and flow of LGBT history demonstrates the pendulum of homophobic prejudice has a nasty habit of swinging back. 

(Alexander & Hephaestion by Malcolm Lidbury left, Hadrian & Antinous at top.)

For example, one only has to think of very liberal attitude towards LGBT persons in Berlin in the early 1930s.

However within a few short years an estimated 100,000 LGBT persons had been rounded up and arrested, some 10,000 LGBT persons subsequently sent to the Nazi death camps by German police and judicial system. 


The Cornwall exhibition sculptures "look" like they are solidly cast in Bronze.  

In reality only a thin skin veneer of bronze patina paint covers up very fragile composite assemblage construction beneath.

The sculptures consist of armature maquette construction made of paper, foil, plastic, cardboard, wood, plasticine and found objects ... a brilliant metaphor for the fragility of LGBT rights and freedoms in our modern world!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

WAS THIS LAPTOP TAKEN BACK IN TIME?
OR IS IT JUST AN ANCIENT GREEK TABLET?



ANTINOUS and Hadrian visited the Oracle of Delphi, which connected priests with super natural beings who passed along advanced technology and information.

NOW conspiracy theorists claim that is how a modern-day laptop ended up in a Greek sculpture from 100 BC.

But historians say the sculpture is just a deceased woman "touching the lid of a shallow chest".

"I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer,"  StillSpeakingOut, conspiracy theorist, said in a video he released on YouTube.

"But when I look at the sculpture I can't help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects."

The sculpture, "Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant" is on display at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.

"Lounging in a cushion armchair, a woman reaches out to touch the lid of a shallow chest held by a servant girl on this funerary," reads the historian's description.

The concept of this image has been a part of Greek funerary art for centuries and most likely pertains to the hope they that will still have the same earthly pleasures in the afterlife.

It depicts an object that closely resembles a modern laptop or handheld device with USB ports, explained StillSpeakingOut.

Another picture taken by a tourist, we see the object is wide but the structure is too narrow to be a jewelry box and it doesn't match the depictions of the mythical Pandora Box either, he explained.

The myth says the Oracle of Delphi would allow priests to connect with the gods, aliens or time travelers who would share 'advanced information and high-tech devices.

Those who don’t believe in aliens or time travel, say the object is a wax tablet that ancient Greeks used for writing with a stylus or pen, reported Inquisitr.

But paranormal investigators argue that the "wax tablet" shown in the funerary relief sculpture does not resemble any other wax tablets seen in Greek art.

StillSpeakingOut says the object shown etched in the sculpture is much thinner than the wax tablets and that the woman isn't holding stylus, also seen in Greek art with individuals using the wax tablet.

Believers do not see the box as a jewel box or a wax tablet, but a modern-day electronic laptop computer with USB ports on the side, which have never been seen in other examples of jewel boxes or wax tablets.

The woman's eyes are focused on the inner lid of the object, the same location of a laptop monitor, conspiracy theorists claim.

And even go so far to argue that the way her fingers are touching the lid looks like she is using a touchscreen device.

"I can't help but think that Erich von Däniken had been right all this time and that most of these myths of magical artifacts given by the gods to a very restricted group of individuals in ancient civilizations were high-tech devices similar to what we have today," said StillSpeakingOut.

Friday, February 5, 2016

EXHIBITION IN FRANCE FOCUSES ON HADRIAN
AND HIS PASSION FOR ANTINOUS


IN France this year? Be sure to visit the Archaeological Museum Nord, in the French town of Bavay on the Belgian border, which is hosting an exhibition devoted to the book "Memoirs of Hadrian" from 4 February to 30 August 2016. 

You can see busts and statuary of Antinous on loan from major world museums ... and there is even an Antinous cut-out which allows you to pose as Antinous!

The exhibition focuses on the lives of two people who never met ... but who are inextricably intertwined: Emperor Hadrian and Marguerite Yourcenar Bavay, whose landmark Mémoires d'Hadrien (Hadrian's Memoirs) is considered by many to be the finest historical novel of the last century.

This exhibition reflects both literature and archeology, fact and fiction, by showing archaeological objects from the time of Hadrian, objects that belonged to Marguerite Yourcenar and showing parallels to Hadrian's enquiring mind and the author's.

The exhibition MARGUERITE YOURCENAR ET L’EMPEREUR HADRIEN, UNE RÉÉCRITURE DE L’ANTIQUITÉ (Marguerite Yourcenar and the Emperor Hadrian, Rewriting Antiquity) is thus dedicated to both Marguerite Yourcenar and to Hadrian.

It is the first exhibition in France about Memoirs of Hadrian and traces the author's life and parallels to the life of Hadrian.

The exhibition in Bavay is divided into five thematic sections underpinned by the literary frame Memoirs of Hadrian.

Starting with a section devoted to the research of Marguerite Yourcenar, the exhibition covers various life themes of Emperor Hadrian ... the man conscious of his roots and those of his family, the politician, the emperor, builder and the esthete, friend of the arts and of Hellenic culture ... culminating with his passion and his establishment of the religion of Antinous.

Thus, the exhibition explores the place of Antique in the literary work and touches the question of the border between archaeological data and literary imagination. 

The genius of Yourcenar's book is that generations of readers have believed it to be the true, actual memoirs of Hadrian ... and this exhibition encourages visitors to believe ... at least for a short time ... that it is indeed the authentic, historical memoir of the Roman Emperor.

On view are books, manuscripts, original editions of Marguerite Yourcenar along with statuary, busts, coins, inkwells and lamps from the time of Emperor Hadrian. 

Fifty works are on loan from the Louvre, the British Museum, Petite Plaisance, the Museum Ingres (Montauban), the Gallo-Roman museum in Lyon Fourvière museum of Fenaille (Rodez).

Also on view are objects from Hadrian's Villa (Tivoli), the Musée Saint-Raymond (Toulouse), the Picardie museum and the North France Archives.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

TEENAGER CLIMBS THE GREAT PYRAMID
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANTINOUS



NO doubt following in the footsteps of Antinous 1,900 years earlier, a teenager has climbed the Great Pyramid at Giza.

We know that Antinous and Hadrian saw the Pyramids in 130 AD. While there is no record that he climbed them, we can scarcely believe that he was not tempted.

Similarly, a German teen broke decades-old laws and risked prison after he illegally scaled an Egyptian pyramid so that he could post the photos and videos of the risky adventure to his blog.

Andrej Cieselski, an 18-year-old from Munich, illegally climbed the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid in broad daylight earlier this month for the sake of the breathtaking photos and videos he took while on top.

Cieselski, who routinely pulls these climbing stunts called “roofing,” where he dangles off tall sculptures and documents the moment, wrote about the tomb climb on his website.

"Walking around in the complex I was waiting for the right moment to start climbing The Great Pyramid of Giza," Cieselski wrote.

The nearly 500-foot (146 meters) ascent of the tomb, which is the oldest and largest of three pyramids in Giza, took the teen eight minutes to pull off, he said.

"When I started climbing a street seller was standing behind me but I didn’t care about him I turned around, he laughed and I continued climbing," he said.

He flouted decades-old preservation laws to ascend one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Authorities noticed the daredevil teen halfway through his eight-minute ascent.

"At the half some people got attention on me and looked up to (me.) That’s how the police spotted me. They shouted something in Arabic I think but I didn’t care and kept going while listening to music," he posted.

The risky climb produced rare and spectacular views from the top.

Cieselski’s feet dangled over the edge of the top, which looks out onto a hazy view of a nearby pyramid and its desert surroundings.

"It was absolutely surreal standing on top of one of the wonders of the world and something that I will never forget. I wanted to experience Egyptian culture and I definitely managed that," Cieselski said.

Egyptian police waited for Cieselski at the bottom of the pyramid and briefly detained him and threatened to take him to the German embassy, but eventually let him go with a slap on the wrist.
"After a while I was released without anything further happening," he said.

This isn’t Cieselski’s first documented high-altitude ascent during his travels, photos show.

Cieselski sat atop some of world’s tallest skyscrapers in Hong Kong and Dubai and took photos of the stomach-churning views.

Click here for the full video of his breath-taking ascent:



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ANTIQUITIES LOOTED FROM POMPEII
FOUND IN CACHE HIDDEN IN SWITZERLAND



HUNDREDS of looted antiquities, including mosaics from Pompeii and ancient sarcophagi, have been uncovered in Switzerland.

Italian specialist art theft police uncovered 45 large crates of "priceless" archaeological treasures in a storage unit in Geneva.

They were being stored under a false name, police confirmed, but are thought to belong to London art dealer Robin Symes.

According to Il Messagger, Italian police were able to convince a Swiss judge that the relics were stolen as some of artefacts were allegedly already on a blacklist.

Photographs of them had been among thousands found in the possession of an Italian policeman, found dead in mysterious circumstances in 1995 while under investigation for art trafficking.

The treasures found in Geneva included classical sculptures, Roman frescos, and sarcophagi, as well thousands of fragments of an entire wall of an Etruscan temple, the Italian newspaper reported.

A spokesman from the Rome Carabinieri's specialist artistic heritage squad, who hunt tomb raiders and smugglers, confirmed the operation in Geneva took place last week.

The police became interested in the Swiss deposit while on the trail of a missing very rare piece, called Sarcophagus of the Spouses, which resembles one in the Louvre.

Symes, London's most successful art dealer, was accused of being part of an international network of tomb raiders and dealers who spirited antiquities worth millions of pounds out of Italy.

Journalist Peter Watson's 2006 book The Medici Conspiracy claimed Symes was an unscrupulous dealer who sold them on to collectors and museums, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The dealer was hugely wealthy and owned houses in London, New York, Athens and the Greek islands as well as a Bentley and a Rolls Royce.

But after his partner Christo Michaelides, a Greek shipping heir, died in 1999, Symes was involved in a bitter legal battle with his family.

In 2003 he was bankrupted, and in 2005, imprisoned for contempt of court for seven months.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE ENTOMBMENT OF ANTINOUS


AFTER the process of mummification had been completed, and the ceremony of the Opening of the Mouth had given life to the eternal vessel of Antinous, his body was carried on a boat shaped bier into the newly constructed and consecrated tomb.

The tomb was perhaps located in the sacred city of Antinoopolis, but this is not certain.

It might have also been located in Rome, at Hadrian's Mausoleum, or at the Villa of Tibur.

No one knows, because the tomb and the body of Antinous are lost.

Flamen Antonius Subia says:

"We must search for his remains and for his final resting place within our selves. The Entombment of Antinous, like his return to Bithynia, is a final triumph of the Body of Antinous, it is the final part of the earthly journey, and the occasion of the most solemn ceremonies of dedication. We are the Tomb of Antinous, and the Entombment is our moment of impregnation."

This 1938 painting by Robert Hale Ives Gammell is entitled "The Garden of Persephone."

Antonius interprets it thusly:
"Antinous reaps the harvest of our destinies ... Venus and Persephone stand behind him ... his temple blossoms again upon the Holy Mountain."