PHOTO OF THE DAY: New 3D Reconstruction Shows Stunning Image of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar

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anthropologist: 'had 'crazy bulge' on his head'

A 21st Century look at what Roman emperor and military general Julius Caesar really looked like was made possible thanks to a recent 3D reconstruction of his face and head. (National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden image)

A 21st Century look at what Roman emperor and military general Julius Caesar really looked like was made possible thanks to a recent 3D reconstruction of his face and head.

The 3D reconstruction bust was shown during an event to promote a new book on Caesar by archaeologist Tom Buijtendorp at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The reconstruction of Caesar’s head shows what he looked like around 50 BC, including a “crazy bulge on his head,” according to physical anthropologist Maja d’Hollosy, the person behind the reconstruction, according to Dutch newspaper, HLN.

“A doctor said that such a thing occurs in a heavy delivery,” she said. “You do not invent that as an artist.”

The reconstruction was made on the basis of a 3D scan of a marble portrait in the museum’s collection.

“The piece of sculpture is pretty damaged,” the museum said in a news release. “That is why it was decided to supplement the disappeared parts, such as nose and chin, on the basis of a second portrait of Julius Caesar: the so-called Tusculum bust.”

Caesar was assassinated March 15, 44 BC at aged 55 and precipitated the end of the Roman Republic.

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