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Julius Caesar had a 'crazy bulge' on his head


Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 | Comment icon 16 comments

The Tusculum bust was used in the reconstruction. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Angel M. Felicisimo
A new 3D reconstruction of the Roman emperor has revealed that he had a rather unusually shaped head.
Unveiled at the National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands on Friday, the highly detailed new bust showcases Caesar's likeness like never before.

"So he has a crazy bulge on his head," said archaeologist Tom Buijtendorp. "A doctor said that it this can occur in a heavy delivery. You do not invent that as an artist."

The bust was created by archaeologist and physical anthropologist Maja d'Hollosy who primarily based it on 3D scans of a marble portrait of Caesar from the museum's collection.

A second bust, as well as other depictions of Caesar, were used to help fill in the gaps.

The 3D reconstruction will be on display at the museum until the end of August.



Source: Fox News | Comments (16)

Tags: Julius, Caesar

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Comment icon #7 Posted by oldrover on 27 June, 2018, 7:19
That his son Caesarian, not J. C himself. And it's apparently not accurate anyway as while the procedure was used at that time it invariably resulted in the death of the mother, and as in this case that was Cleopatra we know that isn't the case.
Comment icon #8 Posted by third_eye on 27 June, 2018, 10:06
You folks should hear what those wacky ancient Egyptians say about his 'other' crazy bulge ... ~
Comment icon #9 Posted by Twin on 29 June, 2018, 14:19
He looks a little like a
Comment icon #10 Posted by jmccr8 on 29 June, 2018, 16:14
Hi Oldrover, I remembered about reading that Ceasar suffered from epilepsy and did a quick look to make sure. What they are now saying is that he suffered Mimi strokes, I will have to go back to further read on it as I was looking while waiting on someone and had to stop when they showed up. Just wondered if the bulge was the cause. jmccr8
Comment icon #11 Posted by Twin on 29 June, 2018, 21:48
He looks a little like a star child.
Comment icon #12 Posted by oldrover on 30 June, 2018, 11:03
Hi Jmccr8, Caeser is said to have been epileptic, but I'm not sure how possible it'd be to come up with an alternate diagnosis of mini strokes from ancient texts, but people do suggest things like this. If it waa mini strokes though, they'd be little micro clots blicking the smaller vessels in the brain, so it'dbe hard to see how a lump would be causing that, but I have no idea really. Returning to epilepsy though, Alexander the Great was also said to have suffered from it, and in some sources (which I can't recall) seem tosuggest that Caeser had a tendency to compare himself to and had an ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by jmccr8 on 30 June, 2018, 12:56
Hi Oldrover, On my laptop now and had some time to go back to read and post links, I find the phone okay for reading but less effective in posting. I am going to post a wiki link for overview and another one that discusses why they now believe that he suffered from mini strokes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Caesar https://www.history.com/news/julius-caesar-suffered-from-strokes-not-epilepsy-new-study-says jmccr8
Comment icon #14 Posted by aearluin on 2 July, 2018, 9:10
I always heard that the idea of c-sections being named after Caesar (or Cesarian) is totally wrong. Likewise the idea that Caesar was named as such because him or one of his ascendants was born that way is also debated but believed wrong. Cesarian section comes from the latin verb cesare, which means to separate and it is just a coincidence it fits so well with the name of the emperor, or of his son. But seeing this big giant head, it does make me wonder...
Comment icon #15 Posted by TripGun on 16 July, 2018, 16:43
Et tu bighead, et tu...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Robotic Jew on 16 July, 2018, 17:33
Giorgio is flying out to investigate as we speak!


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