beard

Bust of Hadrian. He was the first Roman emperor to wear beards

L’Emperor Hadrian (76 d.C.-138 d.C.) It was the first ruler of Rome to bring beard, rather thick and curly, as we can see from the numerous busts portraying him and that we can still admire.

Mainly cosmetic choice was due to the intent of be inspired by the Greeks, Adriano who always sought to emulate in lifestyle; all the ancient Greeks in fact had this habit, left only Alexander the Great, who inaugurated the fashion of shaving.

Adriano thus moved for the first time in this ancient Roman palaces habit, then also imitated by his successors, But they certainly did not know the little secret that Hadrian's beard hid, or having to cover a large and unsightly scar (Photo gives: it.pinterest.com).