Season: 5, Episodes: 1, Faction: N/A
Nabil is a ticket agent for Ajira Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport.
On the mainland
5×06 – 316
Jack Shephard, after arriving at the airport to unite with the other survivors, bought his ticket from Nabil. Nabil then questioned him about the corpse that Jack was bringing along with him on the flight, asking who was receiving the body and what Jack’s relationship to the deceased was.
He then informed Jack of a routine check that would be performed on the casket, to which Jack consented. (“316”)
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A Greek from Claudiopolis in Bithynia (now Bolu in north-west Turkey), Antinous (born 111 CE) entered the service of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138 CE) around 123 CE, while Hadrian was touring the region. Antinous became Hadrian’s lover, and in 130 CE accompanied Hadrian on the Emperor’s first visit to Egypt. On a lion hunt in the Libyan desert in September of that year, Antinous was charged by a lion which was slain by Hadrian. From the lion’s blood was said to have grown a novel variety of red lotus named Antinoeios for Antinous. This incident formed the basis for an epic poem by Pancrates. On October 28th, Antinous drowned in the Nile just south of Hermopolis. At the site where his body was found, Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis (near the modern village of Sheik Abade or Ibada) on October 30, 130 CE and instituted parallel Greek and Egyptian cults of the divinized Antinous. Temples were consecrated to Antinous in every part of the empire, and his worship continued for more than three centuries. Little is known, however, concerning the peculiarly Egyptian side of the cult, other than that in it Antinous was associated with Osiris. All deceased persons were Osiris; there was a long history in Egypt, however, of regarding persons who had drowned as saints, because their manner of death evoked the ‘drowning’ of Osiris in the Nile, which granted to the river its lifegiving potency. Examples of other such cases are the brothers Pedesi and Pihor worshiped at Dendur, and Isidora, a Greek woman who died around the same time as Antinous and not far away (Graindor 1932).
Antinous was born to a Greek family in Bithynion-Claudiopolis, in the Roman province of Bithynia in what is now north-west Turkey. One version is that Antinous joined the entourage of the Emperor when Hadrian passed through Bithynia in about 124, and soon became his beloved companion who accompanied him on his many journeys through the empire. Another version has it that Hadrian had the empire searched for the most beautiful youth, and chose Antinous. Although some have suggested the two might have had a romantic relationship, it is uncertain if this was true.
In October 130, according to Hadrian, cited by Dio Cassius, “Antinous was drowned in the Nilus”. (D.C. 69.11) It is not known for certain whether his death was the result of accident, suicide, murder, or (voluntary) religious sacrifice, but the last is best supported by the surviving evidence.
At Antinous’s death the emperor decreed his deification, and the 2nd century Christian writer Tatian mentions a belief that his likeness was placed over the face of the Moon, though this may be exaggerated due to his anti-pagan polemical style.
After his death
After deification, Antinous was associated with and depicted as the Ancient Egyptian god Osiris, associated with the rebirth of the Nile.