Saturday, October 4, 2008

Perfect Aryan Man


Augustus is described as fair-haired and light-eyed. Augustus' facial features are clearly of northern provenance. As we'll see below, cranial form can't be accurately determined from Imperial Roman sculpture. But, if we extrapolate from the extant Roman skeletal remains, Augustus was most likely dolicho- or mesocephalic. Guenther (1957) classifies Augustus as predominantly Nordic.

Nordic Swede
Emperor Augustus
Blond-haired, blue-eyed German Nordic (left); blond-haired, blue-eyed Roman Augustus (right).

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