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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...
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 QuizRevolution.com went under and I didn't save those quizzes. Drat.
Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline Museum, Rome
Additional ancient Roman emperors and empresses:
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.
Man, that third one is a work of art - I love that!
Those old scholars were savage. Geez.
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.
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
...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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