2nd Century AD bust looks like Elvis


52 Responses to “2nd Century AD bust looks like Elvis”

  1. Anonymous says:

    bubba hotep?

  2. Hentosz says:

    Lemme guess: it was from Caesar’s Palace — right?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is not a true “bust”, obviously since it’s just a head, but it’s also not even a free standing piece of statuary. It looks like an Acroterion, an architectural ornament. Acroteria were usually in the form of palmettes. It looks like the sculptor kept the traditional shape by giving this guy the flamboyant hair so reminiscent of Elvis.

  4. insect_hooves says:

    “Tedere me ama”

    I tenere me, suaviter
    Ama intime
    Me beasti dulciter
    Et nunc amo te
    Tenere me adama
    Vero somnio
    Amo te, o lux mea: Fiat unio.

    (from this)

  5. Antinous says:

    De Elvibus non disputandum.

  6. dbarak says:

    >>#4 posted by Hentosz , July 23, 2008 4:47 PM
    >>Lemme guess: it was from Caesar’s Palace — right?

    Nope, it’s a crouton from a Caesar salad. Hard on the teeth though…

  7. local_variable says:

    Well, this inspired me to create an account to just include this photo from Flickr (an even better Elvis on a sarcophagus):

    Elvis on a sarcophagus

    (I sure hope I put the link in correctly…)

  8. dbarak says:

    “Elvis has LEFT the foundation of the building…”

  9. FutureNerd says:

    Did I forget to mention
    Did I forget to mention Memphis?
    Home of Elvis and the
    Ancient Greeks

  10. Orchestra Spy says:

    #9 hahaha that’s priceless. No, the fat elvis head.
    How about a hunka-hunka-burning love?

  11. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    Isn’t it technically “Elvis looks like 2nd Century AD bust”

  12. Rummager says:

    Elvis is everywhen!

  13. Contrasoma says:

    Wise men say only fools rush to blame the Great Fire on the Christian minority.

  14. takeshi says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the Amphitheatrum Flavium.

    Eh, it’s jut not the same.

    • Antinous says:

      Elvis has left the Amphitheatrum Flavium. Eh, it’s just not the same.

      But it’s a good point, because it was during the Flavian dynasty that Roman bust portraiture took a turn toward the grotesque. I’m not sure what political considerations drove Elvis to take a turn toward the grotesque, but I’m glad that he did. My only regret is that James Dean didn’t live long enough to wear a white, rhinestone-studded sausage casing.

  15. mdhatter says:

    Looks like Mojo Nixon to me.

  16. mdhatter says:

    For those of you who don’t know him, Mojo Nixon

  17. planettom says:

    Actually he looks a bit like the Safety Not Guaranteed Time Traveler.


  18. Anonymous says:

    It looks like an Oompa-Loompa king!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Two great Kings of the modern world have appeared, sculpted by two great empires of the ancient world. When the third King is revealed, he will take his place beside He of Pop and He of Rock to welcome our returning savior.

  20. Jo_Mullins says:

    In a similar vein, this bust from the Met in NYC is the spitting image of Voldemort (or at least the Ralph Fiennes version):


  21. konshuss says:

    if elvis had lived a bit longer i think all the coke would’ve done that to his nose too.

  22. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    Sort of reminds me of a plot point from The Suburban Book of the Dead: Armageddon III: The Remake by Robert Rankin.

  23. dbarak says:

    I gotta’ say, you commenters make me laugh like crazy. Thanks.

  24. ladouceur78 says:

    Not so much the hair, but this fellow has got the sideburns down:


  25. Anonymous says:

    Antonious, that rocked! Personally, I suspect the Flavian busts were fairly accurate representations of the hairstyles and fashions of the day, and the advances in drilling technique simply allowed more lifelike replication of the absurdity of period style.

    I like the republican era stuff best. Lookit this guy -


    (He looks just like me, only without pupils or a mohawk.)


  26. takeshi says:

    James Dean took an early exit via the vomitorium. Elvis was known to vomit opium. Coincidence? I think not.

    That said, did anybody else read Elvis and Me? In it, Priscilla mentions Elvis taking LSD, and talking to angels on Graceland’s roof.

  27. Xopher says:

    I thought James Dean died in a car (or was it motorcycle?) accident.

  28. GonzoMultiverse says:

    Does everyone finally see? Elvis isn’t dead; he’s always been alive. And in about 100 years he’ll make yet another “comeback”.

  29. minTphresh says:

    james dean wrapped his porche spider around a telephone pole(or a tree..i forget).

  30. eustace says:

    He’s hanging out in Hollow Mars; he’s better appreciated there. But yeah, he’ll be back.

  31. Steiny says:

    Elvis my foot! It’s this dude:


  32. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:

    Just showed it to the real Elvis. He shrugged and left.

  33. jennybean42 says:

    Not one single bubba ho-tep comment yet? For shame!

  34. Dean says:

    I’m starting to wonder if BB should absorb Neatorama or the other way around… Maybe we could have a contest to decide…

  35. minTphresh says:

    check #43.

  36. farrellmcgovern says:

    I’ll see your Michael Jackson Egyption, and raise you a bat man!


  37. GeekMan says:

    #9 – A hunka-hunka burnin’ stone?

  38. Ugly Canuck says:

    Funny I’ve always felt that my bust of Elvis looks very 2nd Century…(you know the bust I mean…)

  39. Bren says:

    Don’t you … step on my blue suede sandals?

    C’mon and be my little … good ankh charm?

    We could go all night with these.

  40. takeshi says:


    “A vomitorium (plural: vomitoria) is a passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre, through which crowds can “spew out” at the end of a performance.”

    And later:

    “A commonly held, but false, belief is that Ancient Romans designated spaces called vomitoria for the purpose of actual vomiting, as part of a binge and purge cycle.”

    James Dean exiting the stage. Just referencing “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”

  41. Takuan says:

    yes, quite.The true Latin name for the purge area was the “horkatorium”,later changed by Claudius to the “Hwalpitia”

  42. Falcon_Seven says:

    And just when I was beginning to lose interest… Djambi, the chocolate icing!

  43. takeshi says:

    Or the “inner spewtum.”


  44. eustace says:

    Strange that these anachronisms are showing up just as I’ve powered up my chronoapollumic generator… perhaps I should turn it back off just in case.

  45. LightningCrash says:

    would be cooler if he was a steampunk elvis sculpture

  46. Cowicide says:

    2nd Century AD bust looks like Elvis

    Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, July 23, 2008 4:20 PM

    Hmmm…. does this explain the lack of posts today beyond this one?

  47. tl says:


  48. dbarak says:

    Come on and be my little good luck charm
    Uh-huh huh, you sweet delight…

    Thank yuh thank yuh verymooch.

  49. minTphresh says:

    IT’S FROM THE PROPHECY! (nice d.a., by the way!)

  50. noen says:

    Elvis lives!!

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