Each year, as mentioned a short while back, we have a Megala Antinoeia artistic agon. I’ve been rather disappointed at the lack of participation in this for the past few years, and likewise, I’m sad that not more enthusiasm was exhibited for it this year…
[I have a possible antidote, or answer, to that lack of enthusiasm and participation, which I’ll share in the coming days…]
However, what was done is wonderful, and I’d like to share that with you now.
Not surprisingly, it’s a lovely poem by Finnchuill, which can be found here, called “The Banquet.”
Here’s a little “appetizer,” if you will (!?!):
Let’s reach for the holy bough, let’s invite Frazier
To this party, (atheist that he was notwithstanding)
And Winckelman of course, he would surely like to attend, and
Wilde and Yourcenar, quipping and quaffing,
And there will be P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, naturally enough.
There will be miner’s lettuce for starters to clear the palate,
This will be a many course banquet I can assure you.
I don’t just like it because he name-checks me (though Sannion did likewise in a poem about Antinous two years back, too!), I do think it’s a wonderful look at how very sumptuous and varied the written traditions having to do with Antinous, in the ancient world and more recently, and the general feel of deep and rooted polytheism can be. So, go and read the whole thing here, right now! You’ll be glad you did!