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List of illustrations [page viii] Preface [xiii] 1 The erotics of imperium  Anecdotal history  The main storyline  The priapic paradigm  One touch of Venus  2 Romancing the stone: the story of Hadrian and Antinous  Approaching Antinous: the efficacy of the image  The sculpture: 'Schlagt die Augen nieder; hier ist Antinoos!'  Antinous and Roman religion: 'This is the god of imperial Rome!'  3 Compromising traditions: the case of Nero and Sporus  'Greek love' made Roman  Prelude: making sense of Maximus  Male-male desire as marriage  Sporus and Poppaea  4 A match made in heaven: Earinus and the emperor  Adopting an approach: the historicity of text and the textuality ofhistory  Springtime for Caesar: Martial's epigrams about Earinus  Cutting to the chase: the impact of Earinus in Statius' Silvae 3.4  5 Mistress as metaphor: a dialogue with Panthea  'This was more than a woman: this was a masterpiece'  What's in a name? Lucian's Cyropaedia  Fractured identities  Locating Lucian  Gluing things back together  6 And so to bed...  References  Index  Index of principal passages