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Quis erat Nero ? : how did he look like #1 by Blue-Aqua-san95 Quis erat Nero ? : how did he look like #1 by Blue-Aqua-san95

... subflauo capillo, uultu pulchro magis quam uenustro, oculis caesis et hebetioribus, ceruice obesa ... 
(extract from Suetonius: Nero 51,1)
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... hair was blonde, his facial features were more regular than attractive, the eyes blue and they were weak in sight, his neck was over thick ...

((Translation: M.Giebel, C.Suetinius Tranquillus. Nero. Lateinisch/Deutsch (Stuttgart 2001); penelope.uchicago.edu/…/… ))

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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oh interesting visual study is that hard without much of a photo reference, I mean there must have been some visual representation with him?
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Blue-Aqua-san95 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Student General Artist
It was a bit hard. There are of coarse the portraits, but one must not forget that they are idealised. Besides 
things such as hair colour and skin condition cannot be read from such finds. In that case I used ancient 
sources such as Suetonius, who wrote a detailed paragraph on Nero's features and what he liked to dress. However 
again one must not forget that 1) Suetonius didn't live during Nero's regime and 2) he didn't like Nero, so he could have 
easily altered some information. 

It's a bit pick and mix though we (by that I mean archaeologists) like to stick with the portraits since they do have personalised
features, otherwise the Romans wouldn't have recognised him. At least that is what I think and believe. 

With Nero it is even more difficult due to the damnatio memoriae, which means the damned memory. So basically the Roman Senate declared 
Nero as a public enemy and had all his statues, portraits and anything that had to do with him erased from everyone's memory and so even from us.
We are very lucky to have the few finds and info on him. 
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah that's the problem with portraits they tend to be idealized and of course you have physical description which is biased. 

Oh yeah that works. 

Oh yeah that is also a problem. 

Thanks for telling me.
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Blue-Aqua-san95 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Sure. No problem. 
I like to talk about such things and I am glad I could be of help. 
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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