Publius Aelius Hadrian and Antinous
"It’s good to be the king. Not only do you get to do whatever you want, you also get to dowhoever you want! And back in 115 A.D., Publius Aelius Hadrian was the king (scratch that—emperor!) of the Roman Empire, and what he wanted was the willing flesh of his teenage slave boy Antinous. Though Hadrian took a wife, his relationship with the beautiful young Greek lasted for 15 years, and its intensity was without precedent. When Antinous drowned (accidentally or sacrificially, historians are still debating), Hadrian was said to have “wept like a woman” before launching a full-blown veneration to his lover’s memory. Then the most powerful man in the world, the grief-stricken emperor founded cities in his name, erected statues and shrines, and issued coins bearing his lover’s likeness. But that was just the beginning. By the time Hadrian was finished grieving, Antinous was officially deified, making him a god-like religious figure to be worshipped by the Roman people for eternity. Good luck topping that declaration of love, guys!"