It is nice to let your imagination loose on your visits to museums packed with ancient sculptures depicting noble people and historic figures. In fact, you can go crazy letting your imagination loose fantasizing about what they actually looked like. History buffs can rejoice now as, thanks to modern technology and the skillful artist Haroun Bin, you can marvel at recreated Roman emperors from Augustus to Flavius Arcadius.

You can check out how incredibly realistic the emperors look, to the point of resembling well-known people, read what the artist had to share with Bored Panda about his project, and of course vote for your favourites and leave comments below.

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Hadrian

Hadrian

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

The Donald Trump of his time, but managed to get the wall done.

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It all started a year ago with Haroun Binous, a Tunisian-born first year pharmacy student, searching for facial reconstructions of Roman emperors and not being able to find any, so he decided to learn how to use the software and simply create it himself. The young man recalled that he didn’t have much experience and understanding of the process for facial recreation, but after a few trials and errors, he started to get the grip of things. With help and inspiration from his friend Daniel Voshart, who also undertakes similar challenges, Haroun started to get better at it and exceed his own expectations. You can check out his previous work on Bored Panda here.

#2

Augustus

Augustus

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Duncan Ash
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1 year ago

Sometimes I forget that people have looked like people for most of civilization, so seeing someone from thousands of years ago looking like a just a person feels wierd

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It took Haroun over 8 months to complete the project that contains more than 60 images of Roman emperors in chronological order. Each entry features the statues that he used in the process of composing the hyperrealistic looks of the emperors and juxtaposed images of the stone busts with AI-generated images. He highlighted that it took about 3 days “to bring each statue to life.

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Aurelian

Aurelian

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Dinah Brand
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1 year ago

How'd they keep their beards so neatly shorn?

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#4

Caracalla

Caracalla

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Person2638
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1 year ago

ok...hot

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The project of recreating all the Roman emperors from Augustus to Flavius is a continuation and correction of his previous work. Haroun had to research in depth and document his work, as finding particular physical characteristics can be time and energy-consuming. He mainly bounced off H. V. Canter’s “Personal Appearance in the Biography of the Roman Emperors” and had an in-depth study of works by Suetonius and Pliny for the first 12 emperors that have physical descriptions of them.

#5

Caligulae

Caligulae

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Heike
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1 year ago

Zuckerberg... We meet again!

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#6

Commodus

Commodus

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Maya
Community Member
1 year ago

Why does this remind me of Hazel from the umbrella academy

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Haroun pointed out that information about 3rd and 4th-century emperors is more scarce; therefore, he counted on DNA of the parents available on Artbreeder a lot and also general features of people from their respective regions. This way, he found the most appropriate skin tone, eye color, and any general appearances to add to his work.

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Lucius Verus

Lucius Verus

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Cynthia Humphreys
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1 year ago

A little bit of Liam Hemsworth?

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#8

Diocletian

Diocletian

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

Only emperor to resign peacefully.

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#9

Constantine The Great

Constantine The Great

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

the top left statue looks like a cartoon Rocky. Don't push me! Don't push me!

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Currently living and studying in Lausanne, Switzerland, Haroun was fascinated with pretty much anything to do with the Roman Empire since a young age. Over the years, it turned into a hobby he decided to get into, and so the long hours of reading books and researching the emperors turned out to be highly enjoyable. Haroun searched for as many busts as possible of a particular emperor and superimposed them in Photoshop, trying to trace the reoccurring facial features. Then he colored the hair, skin, and eyes in Photoshop and transferred the image to an AI platform for it to work its magic.

#10

Julian The Apostate

Julian The Apostate

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 year ago

Good depiction. I would have liked to see the crown.

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#11

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 year ago

Stoic dude

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#12

Claudius Gothicus

Claudius Gothicus

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Kevin Kelleher
Community Member
2 months ago

That is Aurelian's bust.

The artist admitted that Septimius Severus was the most challenging figure to recreate: “When an emperor has a lot of hair and a nice beard, it means a big problem for me as AI does the job well processing the face, but not the curly hair.” The artist also admitted that his favorite is Emperor Augustus, who was the first Roman emperor and puzzles him as a historic figure: “I think he is my idol for what he did and how he was as a person.”

#13

Geta

Geta

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Harrison Miller
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1 year ago

He looks a little like Trevor Noah.

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#14

Gordian I

Gordian I

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 year ago

The patron Emperor of all Canadian Gordies.

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#15

Quintillius

Quintillius

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Marie-Delphine Longpré
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1 year ago

I'd marry him too! (Sorry Gordian I)

#16

Claudius

Claudius

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Monty Glue
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1 year ago

"Let all the poison that lurks in the mud hatch out."

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#17

Didius Julianus

Didius Julianus

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김선지
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1 year ago

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#18

Macrinus

Macrinus

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NAS
Community Member
1 year ago

He kind of reminds me of the British actor Ben Kingsley.

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#19

Tacitus

Tacitus

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Vance Neumann
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1 year ago

Looks a little like Ben Kingsley

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#20

Severus Alexander

Severus Alexander

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Just a small town girl.
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1 year ago

Obviously...

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#21

Tiberius

Tiberius

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Deborah B
Community Member
1 year ago

From facial expression, I'd guess he was an asshole. Or at least the artist thought he was.

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#22

Florianus

Florianus

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

should be angrier

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#23

Gordian II

Gordian II

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

hey gordian ii, theres a girl here marrying you dudes, keep an eye

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#24

Nero

Nero

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

his has a good chin for holding a fiddle

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#25

Numerian

Numerian

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DDmaybeandor
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1 year ago

Yeah, where's all the very curly hair?

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#26

Pertinax

Pertinax

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

Needs a fuller beard.

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#27

Constantius II

Constantius II

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

his head is flat enough for helicopters to land on it

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#28

Maximinus Thrax

Maximinus Thrax

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

wait, is he big or small? maxi-minus?

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#29

Licinius

Licinius

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

there are more emotions on the stone than on the colored pic

#30

Titus

Titus

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Shalini Pabreja
Community Member
1 year ago

All these names seriously remind me of Asterix and Obelix!

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