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Vespasian

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    • Portrait of Vespasian, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

      Vespasian. © S.P. Kershaw

    • Portrait of Vespasian, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

      Vespasian. © S.P. Kershaw

    • Gold coin portrait of Vespasian, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

      Vespasian. © S.P. Kershaw

Portraits of Vespasian, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

A shrewd, plain-speaking man with a nice line in self-deprecating, down-to-earth humour, Vespasian had been born to parents of equestrian status at Falacrina near the Sabine town of Reate in 9 CE, and he had the accent to prove it. Suetonius describes him as well-proportioned, with strong sturdy limbs, and the expression of someone straining to empty his bowels.

Photos © S.P. Kershaw.

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Friday, May 25, 2012
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Vespasian, © Steve Kershaw, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.