What did Roman Emperors really look like?

You have probably seen tranquil-looking concrete busts of Roman emperors. They do, however, have no pupils in the eyes, lack any sort of color, and don’t look very real.

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 Haround, from Université de Lausanne, Switzerland is combining facial recognition AI, Photoshop, and historical references to revive all the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Valentinian III.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

AUGUSTUS (23 September 63 BC – 19 August AD 14)

PHILIPPUS II (237 – 249)

GALBA (24 December 3 BC – 15 January AD 69)

NERO (15 December 37 – 9 June 68 AD)

PHILIPPUS ARABS (c. 204 – September 249)

GORDIANUS II (c. 192 – 12 April 238)

CALIGULA (31 August 12 – 24 January 41 AD)

DOMITIANUS (24 October 51 – 18 September 96)

TIBERIUS (16 November 42 BC – 16 March AD 37)

CLAUDIUS GOTHICUS (10 May 214 – January 270)

TRAJANUS (18 September 53 – c. 9 August 117)

HADRIANUS (24 January 76 – 10 July 138)

MARCUS AURELIUS (26 April 121 – 17 March 180)

GORDIANUS III (20 January 225 – 11 February 244 AD)

TACITUS (c. 200 – June 276)

VITELLIUS (24 September 15 – 20 December AD 69)

LUCIUS VERUS (15 December 130 – 23 January 169)

DIOCLETIANUS (22 December c. 244 – 3 December 311)

THEODOSIUS I (11 January 347 – 17 January 395)

ANTONINUS PIUS (19 September 86 – 7 March 161)

COMMODUS (31 August 161 – 31 December 192)

GORDIANUS I (c. 159 AD – 12 April 238 AD)

CLAUDIUS (1 August 10 BC – 13 October AD 54)

VALERIANUS (c. 199 – 260 or 264)

NERVA (8 November 30 – 28 January 98)

CARACALLA (4 April 188 – 8 April 217)

MAXIMINUS THRAX (c. 173 – May 238)

MAXIMINIANUS (c. 250 – c. July 310)

TITUS (30 December 39 – 13 September 81 AD)

OTHO (28 April 32 – 16 April 69)