The Journey to Egypt

T. Corey Brennan

in Sabina Augusta

Published in print May 2018 | ISBN: 9780190250997
Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190875428 | DOI:

Series: Women in Antiquity

The Journey to Egypt

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The chapter first discusses the only purported quotation Sabina receives in our literary sources, a bitter boast about avoiding pregnancy with Hadrian. It seems her received stereotype was disagreeability, complementing Hadrian’s alleged pacifism and self-contradiction. The chapter then studies the first three years of Hadrian’s Third Journey of 128–133, in which Sabina clearly participated. Possible echoes of Sabina’s presence are evaluated for the first eastern stages, in Athens, Asia Minor, Syria, Arabia, and Judaea, followed by Alexandria in Egypt in fall 130. Dated Alexandrian coins suggest that Sabina changed her appearance during that visit, literally letting her hair down from its expected “Matidian” style. In late October 130 Hadrian’s companion Antinoös drowned in the Nile. The chapter treats Antinoös’ posthumous semi-divine honors and cult, and further describes his eponymous city, Antinoöpolis, in Egypt, which (it is argued) illuminates Hadrian’s and Sabina’s self-presentation in the 130s.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Aelia Capitolina; Egypt; Nile; Alexandria; Antinoös; Antinoöpolis; cult; medallions

Chapter.  10074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Religion in the Ancient World

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