“Their men, young and old, I took as prisoners. Of some I cut off the feet and hands; of others I cut off the noses, ears, and lips; of the young men’s ears I made a heap; of the old men’s heads I built a minaret [tower]”
Assyrian battle scenes from Nineveh.
In the first scene we can observe Assyrian soldiers conducting captives across the water, this relief dates to ca. 668–627 B.C. The remaining scenes date to ca. 704–681 B.C. The siege of a city by Assyrian troops is shown in the second relief, and the procession of captives in the third. The final scene shows Assyrian soldiers storming a citadel.
Courtesy of & currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, via their online collections, 32.143.5, 32.143.15, 32.143.17 & 55.121.4a, b. The quote at the top of the post is from an inscription of the Assyrian king Asshurizirpal (ca. 883 B.C.), cited in ‘The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient World’, John Murray.
Hairstyles of Ancient Rome
“Hairstyle fashion in Rome was ever changing, and particularly in the Roman Imperial Period there were a number of different ways to style hair. Much the same with clothes, there were several hairstyles that were limited to certain people in ancient society. Styles are so distinctive they allow scholars today to create a chronology of Roman portraiture and art; we are able to date pictures of the empresses on coins, or identify busts depending on their hairstyles.”
“Busts themselves could have detachable wigs. There have been many suggestions as to why some busts have been created with detachable wigs and some without. Perhaps the main reason was to keep the bust looking up-to-date. It would have been too expensive to commission a new bust every time hair fashion changed, so a mix-and-match bust would have been preferable for women with less money.” [X]