Reconstruction of Nero's head

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  1. monetarium

    monetarium Member

    Just wanted to share these images. Creepy fellow for sure!:jawdrop:

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  3. Evan8

    Evan8 A Little Off Center

    Wait a minute... wasnt he in The Burbs??

  4. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    And wasn't Nero blonde?
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  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    H. V. Canter (July 1928). Personal Appearance in the Biography of the Roman Emperors. Studies in Philology, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 385-399.

    The author used whatever contemporary and near-contemporary historical descriptions were available but did not use coins, statues, busts, or other physical art when compiling his written descriptions. Many of the resulting descriptions are copied almost verbatim from the works of contemporary historians such as Suetonius.

    In this article the description of Nero is from Suetonius, whose writings are not strictly accurate...

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    I had a fun quiz were you had to guess the emperor based on the written description. I just checked and all of my quiz links are dead :(. I guess went under and I didn't save those quizzes. Drat.
  6. monetarium

    monetarium Member

    It is based on this marble bust at 0.png Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline Museum, Rome
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  7. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

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  8. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    I normally have Peter Ustinov's Nero in mind whenever I think of how he looked.

    Peter Ustinov Quo Vadis.PNG
  9. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Here is a 24 mm tetradrachm of Antioch, struck year 114 which is 65/66.

    RPC I 4191 [18 coins, 6 obverse dies]. Prier 91 [30 coins]. McAlee 266
    ETOYC ΔIP (year 114 of the Caesarean era used at Antioch).
    A nice large portrait of Nero in silver.
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    No neckbeards, unfortunately, on these Alexandrian tets.

    Nero and Poppeae.jpg Nero and Claudia Octavia.jpg Nero Tet.jpg
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  11. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    He may look "creepy" in person , but I think he had the finest looking coins. 2Dd8Z9NxTdm5J4Cg7AssQQ3yw6Gg82.jpg 9KjENo3Yc2B9bWr46zAwN5q776ZpQR.jpg 650864.jpg 1199204l.jpg
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  12. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member


    Man, that third one is a work of art - I love that!
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  13. octavius

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  14. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Skin is “repulsive”

    Those old scholars were savage. Geez.
  15. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Nero was young in 55 AD.
    Nero at Laodicea, Asia. 19 mm. 6.14 grams.
    Struck c. 55 AD and signed by Gaius Postomos. Nero was born in 39, so he was about 16 years old when this coin was struck.
    NEPΩN KAIΣAP (counterclockwise)
    ΛΛOΔIKEΩK (downward in three lines)
    Fully clothed bearded man standing left with arm out holding a tiny eagle (Zeus Laodiceus)
    Wreath enclosing B to left.

    RPC I 2917.

    If this was a good portrait of Nero at the time, his appearance changed a lot as he grew older.
  16. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Nero's reign has high points in numismatic art, as shown on the reverse of this sestertius...

    struck in Rome, CE 63
    Orichalcum sestertius, 34 mm, 26.7 gm
    Obv: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP PP; laureate head right, wearing aegis
    Rev: ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES; Ceres, veiled and draped, seated left, holding corn ears and torch, her feet on stool, facing Annona standing right, holding cornucopia; between them, modius on garlanded altar; in background, stern of ship
    Ref: RIC 98. Cohen 24

    ...and low points, as evidenced by the Ramen Noodle School of Die Engraving in Egypt:

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Nero
    year 13, CE 66/7
    Obv: NEPΩKΛAYKAIΣΣEBΓEP; radiate head right
    Rev: Laureate bust of Apollo right; AYTOKPA; LIΓ
    Ref: Emmett 110.13; Milne 248
  17. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Here's my Nero Alexandria example. With Serapis on the reverse, kind of a silvery color, which is nice.

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  18. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I have read the Nero really wanted to be an entertainer more than anything else. His life is certainly something the livened up the study of Roman history. I mean a guy who murdered his mother can't be boring. Repulsive, yes, but not boring.

    Nero O.jpg Nero R.jpg
  19. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    ...and his step-brother Britannicus, and his step-sister/wife Claudia Octavia, and his wife Poppaea Sabina with their unborn child.
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