Traian

It has been remarked by later authors (among them Trajan’s late successor Julian) that Trajan was personally inclined towards homosexuality, far in excess of the usual bisexual activity that was common among upper class Roman men of the period. Although Julian’s scathing comments on the matter reflect a change of mores that began with the Severan dynasty, an earlier author, Cassius Dio, already makes reference to Trajan’s marked personal preference for the male sex. Trajan’s putative lovers included Hadrian, pages of the imperial household, the actor Pylades, a dancer called Apolaustus, Lucius Licinius Sura, and Nerva.