Interview with Adrian Murdoch by Hamish Hutchinson in the Alloa Advertiser about Emperors of Rome, his book on the seventy-eight Roman emperors who ruled in the West from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus:
Murdoch’s idea to humanise the figures leads to some surprisingly odd revelations – among them, the hair facts.
“Lucius Verus was so vain that he put highlights – gold dust – in his hair. He didn’t want anyone to think he was going grey. A lot of emperors were very touchy when they started going bald. They went out their way to stop statues showing their balding heads – that’s why Julius Caesar would be posed with a head wreath.”
You can read the full interview here.