Hadrian was a great admirer of Greek culture, and wore a beard in the Greek fashion, which had previously been unfashionable amongst Roman Emperors.
Although married, his main romantic attachments seem to have been with men. In particular, he loved a Greek youth from Bithynia named Antinous. When Antinous was drowned in the Nile in 130 Hadrian is said to have "wept like a woman". He had Antinous proclaimed a god, and erected statues and temples to him throughout the empire.
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