Artist Recreates What Roman Emperors Looked Like Using AI, Facial Reconstruction, And Photoshop (30 Pics) Interview With Artist

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  4 days ago

The Donald Trump of his time, but managed to get the wall done.16 replyView More Replies…View more comments

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  4 days 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 wierd42 replyView More Replies…View more comments

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.#3 

Aurelian

Aurelian

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Purple light  4 days ago

Looks like Russell Crowe-3 replyView more comments#4 

Caracalla

Caracalla

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Nathan Pogorzala  4 days ago

That was one bad ass African dude.replyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://2f9284820820edbd7538452272542c65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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  4 days ago

Zuckerberg… We meet again!37 replyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

Commodus

Commodus

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Maya  4 days ago

Why does this remind me of Hazel from the umbrella academyreplyView more comments

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.#7 

Lucius Verus

Lucius Verus

Haroun Binous Report31points  POST

Cynthia Humphreys  4 days ago

A little bit of Liam Hemsworth?17 replyView more comments#8 

Diocletian

Diocletian

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Aragorn II Elessar  4 days ago

Only emperor to resign peacefully.replyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

Constantine The Great

Constantine The Great

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Andrew Gibb  4 days ago

the top left statue looks like a cartoon Rocky. Don’t push me! Don’t push me!21 replyView More Replies…View more comments

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  4 days ago

Good depiction. I would have liked to see the crown.replyView more comments#11 

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Aragorn II Elessar  4 days ago

Stoic dudereplyView more comments#12 

Claudius Gothicus

Claudius Gothicus

Haroun Binous Report26points  POST

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  4 days ago

He looks a little like Trevor Noah.10 replyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Gordian I

Gordian I

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Nathan Pogorzala  4 days ago

The patron Emperor of all Canadian Gordies.replyView more comments#15 

Quintillius

Quintillius

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Marie-Delphine Longpré  4 days ago

I’d marry him too! (Sorry Gordian I)reply#16 

Claudius

Claudius

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Monty Glue  4 days ago

“Let all the poison that lurks in the mud hatch out.”replyView more comments#17 

Didius Julianus

Didius Julianus

Haroun Binous Report21points  POST

Andrew Gibb  4 days ago

Looks like Bill Murray in ‘The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou’replyView more comments#18 

Macrinus

Macrinus

Haroun Binous Report21points  POST

NAS  4 days ago

He kind of reminds me of the British actor Ben Kingsley.reply#19 

Tacitus

Tacitus

Haroun Binous Report21points  POST

Vance Neumann  4 days ago

Looks a little like Ben KingsleyreplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

Severus Alexander

Severus Alexander

Haroun Binous Report19points  POST

Just a small town girl.  4 days ago

Obviously…replyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

Tiberius

Tiberius

Haroun Binous Report19points  POST

Monty Glue  4 days ago

Never accept an invitation to his villa in Capri. Many a guest was thrown off the cliff known as the “Leap of Tiberius.” I’ve seen it and it is terrifying!replyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

Florianus

Florianus

Haroun Binous Report18points  POST

boredpanDaman  4 days ago

should be angrierreplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

Gordian II

Gordian II

Haroun Binous Report18points  POST

boredpanDaman  4 days ago

hey gordian ii, theres a girl here marrying you dudes, keep an eyereplyView more comments#24 

Nero

Nero

Haroun Binous Report18points  POST

Andrew Gibb  4 days ago

his has a good chin for holding a fiddlereplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

Numerian

Numerian

Haroun Binous Report17points  POST

boredpanDaman  4 days ago

most of them have clearly curly hair, and the end result shows their hair fluffy, half-driedreplyView more comments#26 

Maximinus Thrax

Maximinus Thrax

Haroun Binous Report16points  POST

boredpanDaman  4 days ago

wait, is he big or small? maxi-minus?reply#27 

Pertinax

Pertinax

Haroun Binous Report16points  POST

CrunChewy McSandybutt  4 days ago

Needs a fuller beard.replyView more comments#28 

Constantius II

Constantius II

Haroun Binous Report15points  POST

Andrew Gibb  4 days ago

his head is flat enough for helicopters to land on it19 replyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Licinius

Licinius

Haroun Binous Report14points  POST

boredpanDaman  4 days ago

there are more emotions on the stone than on the colored picreply#30 

Titus

Titus

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Shalini Pabreja  4 days ago

All these names seriously remind me of Asterix and Obelix!replyView more comments

Note: this post originally had 65 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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Lukas is a photo editor at Bored Panda. 4th year in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University as a graphic designer. Can do whatever he sets his mind to. 

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