Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 6 March 2024

Queer Vadis: English Heritage Declares Hadrian and His Wall Queer Icons but Forgets He Owned Slaves

English Heritage, the esteemed guardian body of our ancient monuments, has declared that Hadrian’s Wall, the most famous relic of the Roman occupation, is a gay icon and is “linked to England’s queer history”. So says the Mail.

The reason is that the Emperor Hadrian (117–38) enjoyed “several gay relationships”. Like most such tortuous woke revelations, Hadrian’s tastes are old news. It’s undoubtedly true that Hadrian bridged the joyless chasm of his loveless and childless marriage to his Empress Sabina in a disastrous infatuation with a youth called Antinous. Here’s what the only ancient biography of Hadrian says, written about two centuries later, referring to Hadrian’s “passion for males​ and the adulteries with married women to which he is said to have been addicted”.

But the big story was that:

During a journey on the Nile he lost Antinous, ​his favourite, and for this youth he wept like a woman. Concerning this incident there are varying rumours;​ for some claim that he had devoted himself to death for Hadrian, and others – what both his beauty and Hadrian’s sensuality suggest. But however this may be, the Greeks deified him at Hadrian’s request, and declared that oracles were given through his agency, but these, it is commonly asserted, were composed by Hadrian himself.

The Life of Hadrian, Part 1, ch.14

There’s also an account written a century after the event by a Roman senator called Cassius Dio. This is what he said:

Antinous was from Bithynium, a city of Bithynia, which we also call Claudiopolis; he had been a favourite of the Emperor and had died in Egypt, either by falling into the Nile, as Hadrian writes, or, as the truth is, by being offered in sacrifice. For Hadrian, as I have stated, was always very curious and employed divinations and incantations of all kinds. Accordingly, he honoured Antinous, either because of his love for him or because the youth had voluntarily undertaken to die (it being necessary that a life should be surrendered freely for the accomplishment of the ends Hadrian had in view), by building a city on the spot where he had suffered this fate and naming it after him; and he also set up statues, or rather sacred images, of him, practically all over the world. Finally, he declared that he had seen a star which he took to be that of Antinous, and gladly lent an ear to the fictitious tales woven by his associates to the effect that the star had really come into being from the spirit of Antinous and had then appeared for the first time. On this account, then, he became the object of some ridicule.

Roman History, Cassius Dio, Book 69, ch.11

And the obvious question here is, so what? It was commonplace for elite Roman men, despite being married and having families, to indulge themselves with relationships involving boys and youths though it’s quite clear both these sources are a little ambivalent about what Hadrian was up to. Hadrian’s predecessor Trajan (98–117) was reputed to have been “devoted to boys and wine… in his relations with boys he harmed no one”, so said Cassius Dio.

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