Roman nose

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A term used culturally to refer to noses that have a prominent ridge and a hook at the end. Also, known as an aquiline nose, which is from the Latin word meaning “eagle-like.” The distinctive shape of the Roman nose has led it to be stereotyped in many ways. In Europe it was seen as a noble trait. In the New World, indigenous Americans were stereotyped as having strong profiles.

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The Roman nose of Constantine, the first Holy Roman Emperor. Colossal marble head of Constantine, Roman, 4th century. Photograph taken in Rome on April 5, 2008 by Frank Kovalchek is licensed under CC BY.

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