Statue of Osiris-Antinous: Egyptian Culture and Classical Greek Ideology
Hadrian’s Antinous-Osiris cult has played an essential role in religious and social unification. It has narrowed the gap between communities, leading to cohesion and pride among the adherents. A close look at the mimicking Greek art applied in the statue reveals Hadrian’s deep love for Greece and her culture. Antinous, being Greek, played an essential role in Hadrian’s ideology. Hadrian seems to be inspired by the previous Greek ideologies and aims to further them. Adherence of individuals and communities to his cult makes it easy for him to advance his unity and consolidation plan. To fully understand the relationship between Eptyptian culture and classical Greek ideology, it is necessary to explore the features of Antinous-Osiris’s statue.
Like many others, Egyptianizing portraits help explore the statue of Antinous-Osiris. Considering its facial features, it depicts Antinous as Osiris. A close examination of his face reveals that Antinous puts on a cover on his head, ears, and memes. He also wears a schemi and a drape over his shoulders (Smarthistory 2012). Schemi and memes clothing is associated with the pharaoh. Although this type makes it clear that the Antinous cannot be identified as pharaoh, it provides that he can be identified as Osiris in Pharaoh’s movement.
Additionally, the posture of the statue contains other features that resemble ancient Egyptian art. He stands upright with the hands balled, legs stepping forward, and cornered shoulders (Smarthistory 2020). It resembles a naked Greek boy’s statue as it portrays a stare without the knowledge of what is happening around (Smarthistory 2018). These features further commend him as Osiris.
To wrap up, examination of features of Antinous-Osiris’s statue reveals that the Egyptian culture and classical Greek ideology are closely related. Several features of the figure are Egyptianizing. The features are precise in their depictions. The statue has distinctive features that identify it, such as facial and kin’s dress and posture.
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