Reportret: what did historical figures physically look like
May 17, 2008 7:28 AM   Subscribe

Reportret: What did they really look like? Charlemagne "..was a large man, with light coloured hair, a long nose, a thick neck, and a quite prominent belly."
posted by stbalbach (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
"Gentlemen be seated ..."
posted by ericb at 7:36 AM on May 17, 2008

Apparently they all looked like characters from straight-to-video cartoons about the Bible.
posted by goatdog at 7:50 AM on May 17, 2008 [3 favorites]

Yes, yes...I had a picture Bible when I was a kid, and J to tha Eezus of Nazzie looked a lot like that. But with bright, shiny blue eyes, of course.

Now, of course, we know that Jesus looks more like this. Thank heavens for modern science.
posted by nosila at 8:04 AM on May 17, 2008

As pretty as those drawing are, I'd be more convinced if there were photographic evidence.
posted by Dave Faris at 10:02 AM on May 17, 2008

So, basically Charlemagne = Hulk Hogan.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:55 AM on May 17, 2008

Yeah but... Were they hot?
posted by OutlawedYeomen at 12:03 PM on May 17, 2008 [4 favorites]

Go Willibrord, bishop of my hometown.
In the 7th century!
posted by jouke at 11:56 PM on May 17, 2008

Well, I thought it was really interesting. The images themselves were not very satisfying, but the explanations of how they got their information was.

Luckily in five hundred years no one will have to guess how awesome we look.
posted by Darth Fedor at 12:27 AM on May 19, 2008

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