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The statue of antinous at delphi is an ancient statue that was found in delphi during excavation. Antinous was a young greek of extraordinary beauty from bithynia, who became the beloved companion or lover of the roman emperor hadrian but later died in nile under mysterious circumstances. Stricken by the death of antinous, hadrian, who happened to be an admirer and a passionate supporter of classical greek antiquity, as well as a benefactor of the oracle of. Stricken by the death of antinous, hadrian, who happened to be an admirer and a passionate supporter of classical greek antiquity, as well as a benefactor of the oracle of. Hadrian was devastated by the death of antinous, and possibly also experiencing remorse. In egypt, the local priesthood immediately deifiedantinous by identifying him with osiris due to the manner of his death. In keeping with egyptian custom, antinouss body was probably embalmed and mummified by priests, a lengthy process which might explain why hadrian remained in egypt until spring 131. The statue, unearthed in 1740 at the casino michili, may instead have come from this area of worship, where the image of antinous would have been associated with other egyptian deities. Donated to pope benedict xiv, the statue was placed in the capitoline museum in 1742. English the antinous mondragone represents antinous as dionysos. The head comes from a colossal statue it was found near the villa mondragone, frascati, between 17 one of the most idealised image of antinous, it was praised by winckelmann as the glory and crown of sculpture. English the delphi antinous is a cult statue of antinous, sculpted in parian marble during the reign of hadrian (117-138 ce). When antinous was killed hadrian was so distraught that he spread artwork of the boy throughout the empire, deified him and created a cult to his worship, and even named at least one town after him.