One of the weirder self-exploding gotchas of recent years is the Donna Zuckerberg-pushed campaign to declare that Ancient Greeks and Romans have been racially “whitewashed” because most of the paint applied to their statues has flaked off over the millennia. For example,
Okay, but we have lots of statues of Julius Caesar.
And Julius Caesar really did look a little like John Gielgud, which is probably why Gielgud took the Julius Caesar role in the 1970 flop film version of Shakespeare’s play:
(The other most reliable bust of Julius Caesar is more I talian-looking.)
Mark Antony wasn’t as elongated as Charlton Heston. Judging from this sculpture from a century after his time, he looked more like, I dunno, Dandy Don Meredith on 1970s Monday Night Football broadcasts:
Richard Burton played Brutus in the 1970 movie. Earlier, Burton played Marc Antony opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, which was a pretty good match facially:
Brutus is portrayed as having a small jawline in this sculpture:
But he didn’t really look like Idris Elba either.
And Augustus Caesar
did look like a cross between Roddy McDowall, who played him in the 1962 movie Cleopatra,
and Donna Zuckerberg’s brother Mark, who worships Augustus:
Here’s the Vatican Museums’ best guess at the original paint job on the famous Augustus of Prima Porta statue:
Suetonius wrote that Augustus had hair the color of “straw.”
It sounds like these Classics “scholars” are assuming that “Race is just skin deep” and making fools of themselves.
It would be helpful if there were a forum of retired Hollywood casting agents where academics could run their crank theories of what famous dead people looked like past actual experts who could tell you what current movie stars the old-timers ethnically resembled in their bone structure.