As many of you know, various river gods were syncretized to Antinous. I mentioned this in a post in the syncretism series (which later became a chapter in The Syncretisms of Antinous, and I also marked this occasion last year in a rather poor and paltry manner here. Though I don’t have any better photos to share here at this point, nonetheless, I do have a poem to honor this day, which I would like to give below.
Antinous of the Rivers
A river made him into a god,
therefore let us celebrate the gods of the rivers.
Hapi brings the inundation, Anoukis its originator,
and the Apis Bull embodies the fertility of Neilos, the Nile;
O great river of Arcadia, primordial, flowing across seas,
the hunting god, favored of Zeus, Alpheios;
Two who were separate in Asia Minor, slammed together
by Typhon, the Tarsus and the Cydnos;
Son of Ianus and the nymph Camasene of Latium,
Tiberinus, drowned by Albula, the Tiber;
The nymph, daughter of Bendis, most beautiful,
who gave birth to the fair river god of Bithynia, Rhebas;
Son of Okeanos and Tethys, father of Nana
and Trojan Hekabe, lamenter of Dionysos’ Ampelos, Sangarios;
The Old Dark Man, Tameses, and the Egyptian Goddess
became one to give a river its name, the Thames;
Though the Boyne and the Shannon flow from Segais’ well,
the river of the south is a stream of poetry, An Laoi;
From its long lakes and flowing falls,
the people of the sun celebrate the Spokane;
Her great river, the goddess of this land
rejoices with doves from Aphrodite, the Columbia;
Between great peaks and glaciers, the people
rich in salmon live in the place of refuge, the Skagit;
May these waters, which have sustained his worshippers
flow long, clean, and pure, by the power of Antinous!
Praise to all the gods, spirits, and nymphs of the rivers, and to Antinous!