Sacred Games of Antinous

Held August 25th, 2018

Next Games of the V Antinoeiad to be held in 2022

We honor the Champion of the IV ANTINOEIAD GAMES


Of New Mexico and Chicago

Who painted three magnificent images of Antinous which were universally hailed as a great achievement and advancement in the modern corpus of Antinous artwork. We hail Linda Larson who has been a devoted member of the Temple of Antinous for many years and is currently working towards establishing a new “School of Antinous” which she envisions to be a society of artists dedicated to the creation of Antinous art and imagery in a manner similar to the ancient “school of Antinous” artists who created the vast number of Antinous images found all over the world. As her prize of victory, she received $500 plus a tripod incense burner as a trophy.
May Antinous Bless the Champion of the IV ANTINOEIAD sacred games.

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2nd Place went to Keith Lance of California, who recreated an Antinous devotional ceremony using dolls

3rd Place went to Michel Valim of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, for his Bacchus inspired photographs






The Sacred Games of Antinous, called Megala Antinoeia, were held every four years by the ancient cult of Antinous in various cities where his cult was strong, the greatest of these was held in the holy city of Antinoopolis. The games were solemnly celebrated for 300 years until they were finally abolished by the Christian rulers.

The first games are believed to have been held in the year 131 C.E. only one year after the death and deification of Antinous in Egypt, at the site of his holy city Antinoopolis, which was still under construction. By the time of the 2nd Antinoeiad, four years later, in 134, the city was adequately finished to accommodate large crowds and many important Roman officials came from distant parts of the Empire to observe, and many of the finest young athletes, artists and musicians came from every corner of the world to compete.

Ancient competitors were primarily young teenage men called Ephebes. In Antinoopolis the games included swimming, rowing, footraces, boxing, wrestling, and horse & chariot races held in the magnificent hypodrome of the city. But the Antinous games were unique in that they included competition in the arts and music, with theater and poetry and visual was a magnificent spectacle meant to glorify the beautiful gay god!

The over-all winner was consecrated as the living embodiment of Antinous and given citizenship in Antinoopolis, with an all-expense-paid life of luxury and adoration. The victor was crowned with a wreath of the pink lotus flowers, the sacred emblem of Antinous and was worshiped in the temple as the representative of Antinous, and emblem of youth and perfect masculinity. Thus the winner was the Divine Ephebe Antinous reincarnated!



We the current-day believers and worshipers of Antinous have re-inaugurated the Sacred Gay Games, hoping to bring back the spirit of the ancient games as a way to glorify the name of the beautiful god in the manner of his ancient Greek ancestors, and also as a way to glorify and celebrate the talents and prowess of our gay brothers and sisters, and of all those who honor Antinous and wish to take part in his Sacred Games. While the Antinous games were never officially celebrated as "gay games" it is quite obvious that a level of homosexuality was always present as an underlying sacred basis to the celebration. It is this spirit that we wish to recapture, that the Sacred Antinous Games are a celebration of the Homosexual sacred state of blessedness, beauty, glory, talent and profound depth of feeling and spirituality. In keeping with the ancient tradition that was upheld for so long even through the difficult times that preceded the collapse of the classical world, we hold out the hope that these Gay Games will in some small measure restore to the world a piece of the Golden Age, when Hadrian was the great enlightened ruler, and a beatiful, graceful, athletic, young GAY MAN was held up as an emblem of the glory and the peace of the civilized world.

This marks the 3rd time modern worshipers in the Religion of Antinous have celebrated the Megala Antinoeia together since the first re-inauguration in 2006. It is our great dream and aspiration to continue with these Gay Antinous Games every four years for as long as we have Courage, Devotion, and Hope for the Future!

The next games...of the V Antinoeiad will be held in 2022!




We Honor and bless all those who compete in the Sacred Games of Antinous
And we glorify the Champions that their heroic names may live in Trimph for all eternity!






of the Sacred Antinous Games, with a winning song and video, seen by over 80,000 Facebook followers, is:

Pietro Adjano from Brazil!

Pietro attended the Sacred Games ceremonies via Skype, held at the Hollywood Temple of Antinous on the night of his triumph and graciously said:

"It was a great joy and honor to participate in third Sacred Games, and I want to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to all the people on Facebook who clicked 'Like' on my entry."

As Champion of the 2014 Games of Antinous, Pietro Adjano received a bronze replica Greek incense tripod with goats heads, a pewter handcast Antinous medal made by Antonius Subia plus $500 in cash!

See Pietro's Adjano's Winning Video on Youtube



Second-Place went to Frater Aser Nox of Romania for his artwork depiction of Saint Sebastian

Third-Place honors - Dallan Chantal of Brazil for a prose "Hymn to Pan"






Kevin Kihn

(Visionary Artist, SF Bay Area)

"The subject is Helios as the Beautiful Boy. As you may recall, the image is based on the Hermetic writings of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake in 1600 because the Church didn't like his ideas - always a good recommendation in my book. I think Hadrian would have recognized this figure as the type of Helios, such as one might have seen depicted in the temples of Mithras. The second is the Sun, the third is Mercury, and the fourth is Mars. The same principle applies to all the others, including Mars. The ultimate goal (or one of them) is to create a pantheon featuring all the classical deities"









Warren Lee Williamson
The Wizard Warren
- ( JUNE 2, 1939 - MARCH 13, 2012)

Warren once saw a beautiful young man at an Easter choral performance with long dark hair... the boy was a radiant glimpse of Antinous wearing Roman sandals and a T-shirt that said "OSIRIS RISING" across his chest ... He turned and smiled at Warren ... and then vanished into the crowd. Warren wrote this Haiku verse in honor of that beautiful apparition ...




"Antinous Epiphanios"

Maundy Thursday's King,
Brazen, Antinous smiling,
Osiris Rising!





(1st Champion of the Modern Antinous Games)