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Caius Julius Caesar (100 bc - 44 bc)
What is the psychological identity of Caius Julius Caesar , the
most notorious Roman statesman and military leader of his time?
Let's look at Caesar from the viewpoint of Phrenology
. The skillful hands of contemporary master sculptors have provided us
with some marvellously crafted heads of the heroes of Antiquity. The illustrated
Caesar head can be admired in the archaeological museum in Torino, Italy.
Let's first take a look at Caesar's forehead. Is he a practical or a
theoretical mind? Oh no, Caesar is certainly not a philosopher. However,
his front is of a perfect architecture:
This blind stone head, which fixes the strong psyche of this personality
in masculine traits, overwhelms the observer with a mighty sentiment of
beauty. The remarkable architecture of this skull, still enhanced by the
strict facial expression gives a strong impression. An ugly face for whom
is guided by subjective impressions, a beautiful head however because of
the tacite eloquence of this skull. It is very rare in fact, on either
living or dead persons, to encounter somenone where all psychological faculties
were so sensibly balanced, giving as result such a well-developed personality
with such a penetrating intelligence, coupled with a fierce energy and
Destructiveness (3). At the same time
however, we find a gross deficiency of moral faculties (negative Conscientiousness:
5), so that this man was capable to sacrifice a whole world to the pride
of his patrician class!
Nice height, even at the sizes
Extremely well developed base, which even covers the eyes (1)
This comes together with a very strong development of Individuality
(2): very strong perceptions, practical orientation, taking into account
The front is slightly sloping: the lower part of it is more developed then
the upper part. Thus: realist, objective type. The Causality
(2) is rather negative.
Very strong development of Constructiveness
(4) which is reflected in Caesar's battle prowesses: the siege of Alesia,
the bridge over the river Rhine....
Summarising, a man perfectly built to win and obtain victory on earth....
The Benevolence (6) is rather neutral;
the Veneration (7) however is depressed, in
the god-less creature as which Caesar is known by history.
The back of the head is slightly convex (8): this man was thus able
to give a certain Affection. Facing his soldiers,
he gave in fact signs of Affection which made him very popular (even if
his practical mind will have had an influence on this!).
The Amativeness (9) is clearly positive.
The skull is much more developed at the ears than above them: Cautiousness
(10) is negative.
The Destructiveness (3) being very
wide, this gives brutal vindictiveness, and fearlessness. The negative
Conscientiousness (5) will make him
act as an imposter. Added to a negative Veneration
(7) and Spirituality, all moral values will be trodden.
General summary: A fierce energy reminescent of prehistory, at the
service of an exceptional intelligence.
This Phrenological description was adapted from Prof.
Bouts' Psychognomy, with the kind permission of the author.