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Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014
  • Charles Kay Smith, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

In his official portraits, Roman Emperor Hadrian sported a Greek beard rather than the clean shaven face that all Roman leaders had shown before him. What was his purpose in shattering precedent?

  • Greco-Roman,
  • Portrait,
  • Mid-East,
  • East,
  • West
Publication Date
February 26, 2014
Citation Information
Charles Kay Smith. "Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014" (2014)
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