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Julius Caesar had 'crazy bulge' on his head new 3D reconstruction shows

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A museum in the Netherlands has unveiled a 3D reconstruction of Julius Caesar that includes, according to the the creator, "a crazy bulge on his head."

A museum in the Netherlands has unveiled a 3D reconstruction of Julius Caesar that includes, according to the the creator, "a crazy bulge on his head."  (National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden)

Julius Caesar, the reviled and revered Roman emperor, has gotten a new look, thanks to a recent 3D reconstruction of his face and head.

The National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands unveiled the new bust Friday, giving viewers a fascinating image of what Caesar would have looked like in real life — complete with a huge bump covering part of his head.

"So he has a crazy bulge on his head,” said physical anthropologist Maja d'Hollosy, the person behind the reconstruction, according to Dutch newspaper, HLN.

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“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 second portraiti of Julius Caesar: the so-called Tusculum bust.”

The museum said the 3D reconstrcution will be on display until the end of August.

 

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