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(IFL Science)   Apparently, some scientists who reconstruct ancient famous people's faces are Farkers fond of the small face meme, or Julius Caesar was a living Jonathan Pryce bobble head   (iflscience.com) divider line
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2020-06-07 6:42:26 AM  
They only said they farking love science. They never claimed to be good at it.
 
2020-06-07 8:14:52 AM  
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2020-06-07 8:35:30 AM  

tomasso: They only said they farking love science. They never claimed to be good at it.


I lot of people who claim to love science don't really know anything about it.
 
2020-06-07 9:47:40 AM  
Look at the size of that boy's head.
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2020-06-07 9:49:49 AM  
 That's some hot frontal lobe action baby, I'd tap that all day.
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2020-06-07 10:13:44 AM  
Charlie Kirk is a time traveler?
 
2020-06-07 10:15:18 AM  
I love how the marble bust they used as a template looks totally normal and absolutely nothing like their botched effort
 
2020-06-07 10:59:15 AM  

kryptoknightmare: I love how the marble bust they used as a template looks totally normal and absolutely nothing like their botched effort


That's exactly what I was thinking. I have never seen a bust of Caesar that had a forehead like that. It's as if they made a mistake in the modeling, but they are completely convinced of their math and their abilities and so they can't fathom the idea, even by looking at the source material, that they were wrong.
 
2020-06-07 11:08:50 AM  
Unless they find his skull, I'm not convinced.
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2020-06-07 11:48:08 AM  

psychosis_inducing: Unless they find his skull, I'm not convinced.
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That got my chuckle on! Funny! Thanks!
 
2020-06-07 12:11:21 PM  
Looks more like Bill Nighy than Jonathan Pryce.
 
2020-06-07 1:07:39 PM  
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2020-06-07 1:33:12 PM  

kryptoknightmare: I love how the marble bust they used as a template looks totally normal and absolutely nothing like their botched effort


To be fair, an artist commissioned to sculpt (or paint) a tyrant's likeness isn't going to risk their life for the sake of accuracy. It's common knowledge in the art history world that contemporary portraits are notoriously inaccurate for this reason.
Having said that, I find this updated rendering hard to believe. Most scientists are not artists, and this isn't really science to begin with.
 
2020-06-07 2:17:13 PM  

slantsix: kryptoknightmare: I love how the marble bust they used as a template looks totally normal and absolutely nothing like their botched effort

To be fair, an artist commissioned to sculpt (or paint) a tyrant's likeness isn't going to risk their life for the sake of accuracy. It's common knowledge in the art history world that contemporary portraits are notoriously inaccurate for this reason.
Having said that, I find this updated rendering hard to believe. Most scientists are not artists, and this isn't really science to begin with.


Roman facial sculpture in the period of Julius Caesar valued realism of representation.  More so in the few centuries previous, but evident idealizing distortion came later as the political fortunes of the Empire and emperors became less certain (excepting notable exceptions like Nero, Caligula, Domitian, Commodus).

The distortion in the final rendering from the bust does seem rather extreme, and while I'm sure there is some formula that generally works fairly well to translate from one means of rendering to another, the lack of mention of this distortion in the annals is telling.   Suetonious in particular would have loved to have related anything deviant or salacious about any Caesar's appearance.  The writers were only too eager to report that "while Caesar might have conquered the Gauls, Nicomedes conquered Caesar."
 
2020-06-07 3:55:28 PM  
I think the sample population was too small or narrow [and I know this is Fark, but no pun intended].
 
2020-06-07 5:12:26 PM  
My mother was a tiny woman. 4'11. I weighed 8lb 12oz at birth and the doctor had to use a forceps. Lots of odd pressure on my cranium. Nothing even vaguely like that weird "reconstruction".
 
2020-06-07 5:20:57 PM  
He looks like Jeffrey Coombs
 
2020-06-07 6:02:03 PM  
Must be fans of Cato the Younger.
 
2020-06-07 6:14:48 PM  
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2020-06-07 6:27:56 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: kryptoknightmare: I love how the marble bust they used as a template looks totally normal and absolutely nothing like their botched effort

That's exactly what I was thinking. I have never seen a bust of Caesar that had a forehead like that. It's as if they made a mistake in the modeling, but they are completely convinced of their math and their abilities and so they can't fathom the idea, even by looking at the source material, that they were wrong.


Honestly, it looks more like the hair is giving him the illusion of having a head shaped like the Queen of Hearts.
 
2020-06-07 6:39:04 PM  

Modguy: Benevolent Misanthrope: kryptoknightmare: I love how the marble bust they used as a template looks totally normal and absolutely nothing like their botched effort

That's exactly what I was thinking. I have never seen a bust of Caesar that had a forehead like that. It's as if they made a mistake in the modeling, but they are completely convinced of their math and their abilities and so they can't fathom the idea, even by looking at the source material, that they were wrong.

Honestly, it looks more like the hair is giving him the illusion of having a head shaped like the Queen of Hearts.


No, man, that forehead is straight out of Talos.
 
2020-06-07 7:59:19 PM  
Looks like someone mistook a mass of hair for part of the skull.
 
2020-06-07 7:59:45 PM  
I'd take a stab at doing it better.
 
2020-06-07 8:10:25 PM  
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2020-06-08 7:04:25 PM  

saywhonow: Charlie Kirk is a time traveler?


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