If you've ever set foot in a museum of Greek and Roman art, you've probably seen the rows of tranquil-looking concrete busts. They do, however, have no pupils in the eyes, lack any sort of color, and in general, get kinda repetitive after the third and fourth display hall.

But the artist named Haround Binous is bringing the dusty emperors back to life in a series of hyper-realistic illustrations. The guy from Université de Lausanne, Switzerland is combining facial recognition AI, Photoshop, and historical references to revive all the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Valentinian III.

The result is so precise and true to life, these ancient dudes with luscious curls and sun-kissed tans could easily pass as A-list Hollywood actors off duty. I mean, look at Augustus—is that you, Daniel Craig?

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Augustus

Augustus

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Ani Archeron
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8 months ago

he reminds me of someone ... but i can't figure out who

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Philip II

Philip II

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Jon Sleeper
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8 months ago

Roman Mark Zuckerberg.

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Galba

Galba

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Brandy Dor
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8 months ago

Resting Bi+<h face!

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Turning cold emperors' stones into hyperreal flesh may seem like a mission impossible. But with the help of today’s machine learning technologies, images can be reconstructed and brought to life in colorful illustrations.

This is what Haroun has done for his Roman emperor recreations. With the help of AI, Photoshop, and historical references, he came up with these hyperrealistic illustrations giving us a glimpse of how great Roman emperors like Caius Julius Cæsar Germanicus and Nero looked in real life.

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Nero

Nero

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Ani Archeron
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8 months ago

belongs in the hobbit

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Philip The Arab

Philip The Arab

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Sarah Pryde
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8 months ago

HANDSOME!

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Gordian II

Gordian II

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Sarcastic Cow
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8 months ago

Snake eyes

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Haroun Binous said he used “superposition and simultaneous comparison” techniques that “allowed me to arrive at these faces.”But the facial features are just one part of the job.

In order to get hold of the textures and colors, Haroun researched original historical sources. “Eyes, hair, and colors were based on quotes from Suetonius,” he wrote.

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Caligula

Caligula

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

Looks like Jesse Pinkman. Beetches

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Domitian

Domitian

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

naah. too 80s to be a roman emperor

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Tiberius

Tiberius

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago (edited)

mouth could be done better

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In reality, it’s not entirely clear how accurate the emperors' busts are to begin with since our best evidence of how they looked are the busts themselves. However, we do perceive them as roughly accurate, since we now know that stylistically, the Romans preferred realism in their sculpture dating back to the Republican period.

Other than busts, historical sources do reveal a thing or two about the people of the Roman Empire. The Roman historian Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, for example, who wrote during the early Imperial era, described some of the emperors in his notes.

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Claudius Gothicus

Claudius Gothicus

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ML
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8 months ago

I thought it is Midas because of the gold

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Trajan

Trajan

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Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Not very similar to the sculpture...

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Hadrian

Hadrian

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

On the left- triggered

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According to Christies, Suetonius was very receptive to physiognomic thinking and “may have been swayed by them in his description of the fearsome appearance of Caligula.” He was presented as the epitome of arbitrary cruelty and immoral excesses that was reflected in his description of Caligula’s face.

On the other side of the opposite extreme, there was a fair share of heroic idealization of the most powerful men and it’s likely that their busts have done some justice to their looks. Who knows—maybe some of the most breathtaking busts have undergone an ancient equivalent of airbrushing? That, we may never know.

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Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Brandy Dor
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8 months ago

I was seeing a lot of Dustin diamond in this one

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Gordian III

Gordian III

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DforDorothy
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8 months ago

Nice.

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Tacitus

Tacitus

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Sarcastic Cow
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8 months ago

What´s that? Purple eye shadow?:D

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Vitellius

Vitellius

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

John Goodman?

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Lucius Verus

Lucius Verus

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

the sculpture is all curly, the end result is not... pfff, im dissapointed

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Diocletian

Diocletian

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

how cone he missed the eyebrows this much?

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Theodosius I

Theodosius I

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Ava Suri
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8 months ago

Hair needs to be curlier, lips fuller

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Antoninus Pius

Antoninus Pius

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T Simmons
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8 months ago

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Zuckerberg?!

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Commodus

Commodus

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Brandy Dor
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8 months ago

Hahahahahaha... Commodus!😂🤣

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Gordian I

Gordian I

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

his knot!!

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Claudius

Claudius

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Andrea Smith
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8 months ago (edited)

He does look like he came from Augustus' family.

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Valerian

Valerian

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boredpanDaman
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he was not white?

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Nerva

Nerva

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Brandy Dor
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8 months ago

Nerva looks nervous....is this where the word originates from?

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Caracalla

Caracalla

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Elak Swindell
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8 months ago

CGI face is too wide.

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Maximinus Thrax

Maximinus Thrax

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

looks like being from texas

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Maximian

Maximian

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Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

Das some bad statuary

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Titus

Titus

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Brandy Dor
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8 months ago

Shrek made human!!!

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Otho

Otho

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Wolfik
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8 months ago

Not even close.

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