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.

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