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Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014, Charles Smith Feb 2014

Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

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?