He once wrote of himself, "I, like wax of the sacred bees when smitten by the sun, am melted when I look at the young limbs of boys. According to one ancient source, Bagoas "had been loved by Darius and was afterwards to be loved by Alexander.
When Antinous died by drowning at the age of 21, Hadrian was grief-stricken. He had the dead boy deified, founded a city in Egypt to honor him, erected statues in honor of him through-out the empire, and commissioned sculptures, paintings and coins to be made bearing his likeness.
The resulting cult of Antinous excited such awe and admiration that it threatened to overshadow the growing cult of Jesus of Nazareth; accordingly, early Christian sects went to great lengths to villify both Hadrian and his boy lover. He blithely confessed that he liked "a boy's body hot from the park, all grimy and the sight of his flesh rubbed down with oil.
Nice, and artless; none of the pretty 'enchantment' laid on by your merchants of the romantic. His presence in Leonardo's home has perplexed scholars for several centuries, since Salai was neither servant nor apprentice, and since Leonardo himself described the boy as a "thieving, lying, obstinate" glutton.
The two were inseparable companions for nearly twenty-six years. Of the boy's beauty, he wrote: Michelangelo designed the boy's tomb and composed no fewer than fifty epitaphic poems mourning his death. Other boys thought to have been Michelangelo's lovers were: Gherardo Perini, a strikingly beautiful young male model whose relation- ship with Michelangelo was the subject of much gossip at the time; Tommaso Cavalieri, an intelligent and handsome young nobleman who remained one of Michelangelo's lifelong friends; and Febo di Poggio, a luckless young male prostitute, of whom Michelangelo wrote: When the truth came out, Alger was arrested and run out of town.
Suffering a nervous breakdown at 23 probably due in large part to sexual conflicts , he went to Switzerland to recover his health, and there apparently had an affair with a beautiful year-old: Sex was performed to the accompaniment of a live string quartet, and orgasms were celebrated with bursts of fireworks.
When Krupp's wife, back home in Germany, got wind of what was going on, she went straight to the Kaiser who promptly had her committed to an insane asylum; the Krupp empire was too vital to German national security to be compromised by such stories. However, the German press eventually found out about Krupp's private sex parties and printed the whole messy story, complete with photographs taken by Krupp himself in the grotto. Rather than face the inevitable disgrace, Krupp committed suicide in Italy.
He bribed his servants to ruffle up his bed at night, so that his mother wouldn't suspect he had been out all night long. In Algeria, he fell in love with his year-old servant boy; Gide wanted to take him back to France, but Gide's mother objected to the idea of a "Negro" in the house.
When he was 47, Gide fell in love and had a long-lasting affair with a year-old boy, Marc Allegret, who later became a well-known film producer.