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‘Something of a Dandy’
April 27, 2007, 12:37 am
Filed under: History

I am reading Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, and in the chapter on Julius Caesar, the first century writer describes Caesar’s appearance. Apparently, Julius was somewhat self-conscious.

[Caesar] was something of a dandy, always keeping his head carefully trimmed and shaved; and has been accused of having certain other hairy parts of his body depilated with tweezers. His baldness was a disfigurement which his enemies harped upon, much to his exasperation; but he used to comb thin strands of hair forward from his poll, and of all the honours voted him by the Senate and People, none pleased him so much as the privilege of wearing a laurel wreath on all occasions–he constantly took advantage of it.

I bet Rogaine would have been a big hit in ancient Rome.

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