Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by historical facts and archaeology. I think humans perceive the past as a series of events; something like a movie that we can’t really feel or touch. I believe the things that bring us closer to the past are those that truly humanize us - the bodies from Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Inca mummies, the personal objects of long-gone historical figures, and more.

I’ve always thought how incredible it would be to see historical events and the famous people the way they actually happened and the way they actually looked. I started Royalty Now in February of 2019, simply as a way for me to see my favorite historical figure, Anne Boleyn, as a woman of modern times. I wanted to know if she could come to life from the few pale, flat portraits we have of her. I started the account to satisfy my own curiosity about what those interesting people of the past would look like if they were standing right in front of me. I’m incredibly thankful for the support and interest the account has received, and can’t wait to see what happens next with other historical people.

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Nefertiti

Nefertiti

"This bust of Nefertiti (believed to have been sculpted during her lifetime) is famous for its grace and beauty. Nefertiti lived from approximately 1370 - 1330 BC. She was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Akhenaten is famous for his attempt to transition Egypt into a monotheistic society (worshipping only the sun god, Aten), instead of a polytheistic one."

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Marky Mark
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1 year ago

Beautiful

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#2

Julius Ceasar

Julius Ceasar

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Nathan Parrish
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1 year ago

Looks like a tech billionaire

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#3

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

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Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

Meryl Streep

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#4

Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great

"I did some research on his looks and it is recorded that he had curly golden hair and heterochromia (one eye blue and one eye brown or a combo of both), so he was definitely a striking figure."

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TheGr81sComing
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1 year ago

lloks like a very wired version of Justin bieber

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#5

Agrippina The Younger

Agrippina The Younger

"Agrippina the Younger is someone I only recently learned more about but she had a crazy life. She was the sister of Emperor Caligula and the mother of Emperor Nero. I highly recommend giving her a search if you’re interested in that era of Roman history!"

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ju Hel
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1 year ago

Her (I think 3rd) husband changed her birthplace, a small village, into a roman city in her name. The oppidum ubiorum became Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, CCAA. Today known as Cologne (Köln)

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#6

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

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Daniel Mason
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1 year ago

Looks like original Kylie Jenner

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#7

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

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MADELEINE KIMBALL
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1 year ago

I'm that Boleyn girl, and I'm up next...

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#8

Mary, Queen Of Scots

Mary, Queen Of Scots

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Lauren Moss
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1 year ago

Love that you can see the resemblence between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I!

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#9

Madame De Pompadour

Madame De Pompadour

"Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour. She first caught the eye of Louis XV at a masked ball in 1745 (it was said that she was dressed as a domino, and he was dressed as a plant) and was his chief mistress thereafter until 1751. Even after she was no longer Louis' mistress, she was a trusted friend, confidante, and advisor, essentially becoming one of the most powerful women at the French court until her death in 1764."

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Tommy Jo Hunt
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1 year ago

Very attractive

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#10

Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

Empress Elisabeth Of Austria

"During her life, Elisabeth (known as Sisi), was known for being beautiful, smart, rebellious and passionate. Definitely worth some digging into if you are interested in late 1800s Europe."

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Rhiannon Feiryred
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1 year ago

Liv Tyler!

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#11

Louis XIV, The Sun King

Louis XIV, The Sun King

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

Jon Snow, is that you?

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#12

Katherine Of Aragon

Katherine Of Aragon

"This portrait of Katherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII and Queen of England from 1509-1533, has always been my favorite. There are several portraits of her that all range in looks, so it’s hard to tell her true likeness. I think this one captures her piety, meekness, and obedience as documented by historians."

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

He done her wrong.

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#13

Louis XV

Louis XV

"Louis XV is lesser known than his predecessor the Sun King and his heir, Louis XVI, but he was the second-longest reigning monarch in French history. I have always known him by his famous mistresses, Madame De Pompadour and Madame du Barry."

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Seabeast
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1 year ago

He loved working with his hands, apparently. He'd probably have been a mechanic, carpenter, or worked at some other trade in modern times. Maybe a mechanical engineer, if he did go white collar.

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Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr

"She was the only wife to outlive the king, who was tyrannical in his last years."

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Viviane
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1 year ago

Anne of Cleves outlived him as well. She got the best deal: Henry VIII annulled the marriage within a year, gave her some nice properties, a title, and honorary membership to the family as "the King's Beloved Sister" (invitations to court without the hassle of being married to someone toxic).

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#15

Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette

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M.J.
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1 year ago

Reminds me of the actress Judy Greer

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#16

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

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Bean59
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1 year ago

she's so pretty!

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#17

Queen Isabella Of Castile

Queen Isabella Of Castile

"Queen Isabella of Castile, partner to Ferdinand II of Aragon and the queen who sent Columbus on his way to the “new world” in 1492. "

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Altrerosje Ngastowo
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1 year ago

Greta Thunberg

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#18

Emperor Augustus

Emperor Augustus

"Emperor Augustus (born Octavius, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar) was the first emperor of Rome, ending 500 years of republic. He’s an incredibly controversial figure, especially due to the smart and ruthless way he came to power, but he ruled over a time of relative peace in the Roman empire."

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

He looks Hollywood ready.

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#19

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

"Abe Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy."

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Dl B
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1 year ago

He would look like Daniel Day Lewis

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#20

Christina Of Denmark

Christina Of Denmark

"Christina of Denmark, seen here in an original Hans Holbein portrait, lived from 1521 - 1590. Christina was considered as a possible bride for King Henry VIII of England. Christina was not fond of the English King's reputation, given that he had divorced his first wife and beheaded his second wife. The originator of one of the greatest quotes about King Henry in history, Christina famously said: "If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England's disposal." What an amazing denial to a marriage proposal."

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Good for her.

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#21

Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard

"Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England for only 16 months as the fifth wife of Henry VIII. Katherine was actually the cousin of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn. When they married, he was 49 and she only 16 or 17. Katherine was accused of adultery and executed by the King, ending her short reign as the Queen of England."

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Jster
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1 year ago

So this is what started duck lips

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#22

Eleanor Of Toledo

Eleanor Of Toledo

"Eleanor of Toledo was an astonishing woman. Originally from Toledo, Spain, she was a bride to a famous member of the Medici Family, Cosimo I de Medici. Her husband regularly consulted with her on matters of politics, and she even served as consort during his time away from Florence."

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earringnut
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1 year ago

Holy Toledo! (I'm going, I'm going.)

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#23

Madame Du Barry

Madame Du Barry

"This is Madame du Barry - the official mistress of Louis XV after his first love, Madame de Pompadour’s death."

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

He definitely had a type.

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#24

Caligula

Caligula

"Caligula, infamous brat and Roman Emperor."

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Christoph Lindemann
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1 year ago

You could have just postet a picture of Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones). They look pretty much alike.

tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Maybe that's why he got the role.

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Monty Glue
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1 year ago

He was called Caligula which means " "little soldier's boot" because he would stomp around wearing his father, Germanicus's boots. Today we would call him "Bootsie", a benign name considering his evil nature. You can read about him in detail in the remains of the book "Embassy to Gaius" by the historian Philo, who met with him in person.

Candace Fitzpatrick
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1 year ago

Thanks for that information

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Aria Whitaker
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1 year ago

He looks like the massive douche that he was....

Lars Vestergaard
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1 year ago

I've always admired how his bust somehow captures his vacant, psychopathic madness.

Kristin Webb
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1 year ago

Famous bad boy of the century!

Ray Mizumura
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1 year ago

No, you need a photo of Trumper on the right.

Pat Buckles
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1 year ago

Looks like the kid in the maga hat that intimidated the Native American drummer!

Teri Noway
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1 year ago

That's not what happened but yeah it looks like him.

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Lucy O'Farrell
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1 year ago

Joffrey is written all over that sneering face

Cynthia Chan
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1 year ago

I agree! The actor Jack Gleeson!

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Doug Swicegood
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1 year ago

Drew him once too well from a statue! He looks so angelic! And he was murdered at twenty-seven years old.

Karen Klinck
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1 year ago

The only one Ifeel sorry for was his baby daughter. They didn't get Cal soon enough.

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Irti Irawan
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1 year ago

Indeed Joffrey Baratheon. Same attitude as well.

JL Anne
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1 year ago

More psychopath than brat

Stan Zorin
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1 year ago

A VERY spoiled brat for whom the force of law and of social custom ceased to have meaning.

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Gilly Savard
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1 year ago

weird tom holland looking ass

Terry Melvin
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1 year ago

He looks like a skeezy hedonist.

Pat Buckles
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1 year ago

Wow, looks like the maga hat kid who intimidated the Native American drummer.

Stan Zorin
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1 year ago

It was the other way around. The native mushroom came close to the boys at the pro-life rally and intimidated them with his yelling and drum banging. Why was the native mushroom there ? Why does the stupid native mushroom support killing pre-born natives ?

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Dede Dede
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1 year ago

Caligula is basically Jack Gleeson

Kenshn Iwamoto
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1 year ago

looks like Jeoffrey from GOT

Jennie Cupertino
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1 year ago

He looks like a brat!

Kenneth Sturmer
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3 months ago

Modern Historians have pointed out that much that was said about him, was made up by his enemies. The fact is that the common Romans adored him. Much of what was written about him, was written many years after his death.

Lawrence Crisp
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6 months ago

YEAH THERE IS SOME RESEMBLENCE YEAH! https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/jan/20/native-american-mocked-by-students-in-maga-hats-video-report

Lawrence Crisp
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6 months ago

YUP THIS IS THE ONE I WANT TO LOOK UP TODAY! AS I'M WATCHING MARRY BEARD TALK ABOUT CALIGS RIGHT NOW,GUYUS CEASER! LITTLE BOOTS= CALIGULA! ALSO I SAW IN PERSON WITH MY BROTHER CALIGULA THE MOVIE= MALCOLM MC DOWEL ALL THEM LONG YEARS A GO NOW! MY BROTHER AND I WATCHED IT ON THE BIG SCREEN! WITH ALL THEM HORNY POST ADELENCENT COUPLES GETTING AN EYE FULL OF ANCIENT ROMES ORGY AND BANQUETTE TABLES..MANY YEARS NOW SINCE I AM SO GREATFUL TO MR GUCIONI OF PENTHOUSE FOR MAKING THAT AUGUST MOVIE! I THOINK M.MC DOWEL RESEMBLES THE PERHAPS MAD EMPEROR QUITE WELL...THIS HAS MADE MY DAY

Sean Cassidy
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1 year ago

Suetonius described Caligula as having fine, blonde hair and a patchy beard. He forbade people to stand over him and also forbade talk of goats in his presence.

Cartouche 74
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1 year ago

As far as I know, he was blonde.

Jeremy Whitley
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1 year ago

When you're trying to use a fake ID.

Karen Kirk
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1 year ago

Looks like Geoffrey from Game of Thrones

Schrödinger's Dog
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1 year ago

His name means "baby shoes".

Vanessa Callahan
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1 year ago

He looks like a brat

Perry Weiner
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, he looks troubled.

Greg Clausen
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew that kid in high school.

Alicia Storey
Community Member
1 year ago

So.... He happens to look a lot like Mark Zuckerburg, IMO

Jude Weber
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1 year ago

He was evil to the core!

Karen Klinck
Community Member
1 year ago

He was freakin' looney to the core!

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Tyrone Bunce
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1 year ago

Looks normal .... 🤮🥴

Deborah Brown
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1 year ago

Joffrey Baratheon!

It's me NOT mario
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1 year ago

DAT FACE THO

Sam Leigh
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1 year ago

Thin lips - not a good sign

Mehlinda Heartt
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1 year ago

scary eyes

Jenn Thomas
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1 year ago

Joffrey

Alex Gutierrez
Community Member
1 year ago

die like joffre you brat

Kate Aitken
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1 year ago

Joffrey!

Cynthia Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

should look more like Jack Gleeson

Shelley Handler
Community Member
1 year ago

What a cute madman.

Stan Zorin
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1 year ago (edited)

He was NOT mad. He was a spoilt young man with prolonged puberty blues whom nobody, either the Senate or members of his family or his elders, could control. The fault laid with the army, with his praetorian guards. But, in the end, it was a few members of his guards whom he upset who assasinated him.

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Daniel Tregant
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1 year ago

Could Jack Gleeson be tempted back to acting to play Caligula?

Patty Castro
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1 year ago

Joffrey!

JustYourAverageGamer
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1 year ago

I played as him in D&D last week.

Patrick O'Brien
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1 year ago

To many of the male faces look callow and without character. Alexander was, I believe, 18 at the time of his ascendance and I think he would have had some lines of toughness etched into his face. He was a warrior king, after all, and yet I sense nothing of this in his expression. Henry V111 likeness seems to suggest more the temperament of the man as it has come down to us through history: imperial, ruthless, and arrogant, a man definitely demanding deference and obedience.

Jane Alexander
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1 year ago

Maybe the artists were into self preservation?

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Carolyn Coburn
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1 year ago

Elijah Wood

Leigh C.
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1 year ago

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He looks like a Trump

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#25

Napoleon

Napoleon

"Did you know that Napoleon was most likely 5'7"? That's taller than King Louis XIV. Some say his perceived smaller stature was due to him looking small in comparison to his huge accomplishments. Others say there was an error when translating his true height from French to English. Who do you think he looks like here?"

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Pinky TutuTwo
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1 year ago

Ear transformation

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#26

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Patrick O'Brien
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1 year ago

Something of Anthony Hopkins in the expression of the likeness.

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#27

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

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Hunter Spencer
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1 year ago

I don't think he would like Six: the Musical

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#28

King Henry VII

King Henry VII

"Here we are with Henry VII, the first tudor monarch, a frequent request from you all. Henry was the last king of England to attain the throne in battle after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485."

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Sunny Hernandez
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1 year ago

Thank God for Princess Di and Kate Middleton. Inbreeding leads to so much ugliness. 😁

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#29

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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Patrick O'Brien
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1 year ago

Close, but if I met the likeness, I'm not sure the first thing I would think of is Mona Lisa. The shape of the face is not quite right and her expression lacks the subtlety of the original.

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#30

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

"Grace Kelly, American film actress and Princess of Monaco."

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Jim Kang
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1 year ago

Look, she doesn't need you to "improve" her look. She was, and still is stunning.

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