Distortissimis

Stockholm_-_Antikengalerie_4_-_Büste_Kaiser_Galba

Statura fuit iusta, capite praecalvo, oculis caeruleis, adunco naso, manibus pedibusque articulari morbo distortissimis, ut neque calceum perpeti nec libellos evolvere aut tenere omnino valeret. excreverat etiam in dexteriore latere eius caro praependebatque adeo ut aegre fascia substringeretur. (Suetonius, Galba 21)

He was of average height, very bald, with blue eyes and a hooked nose. His hands and feet were so distorted by gout that he could not endure a shoe for long, unroll a book, or even hold one. The flesh on his left side too had grown out and hung down to such an extent, that it could with difficulty be held in place by a bandage. (tr. J.C. Rolfe)

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