Famously Ugly People in History

Ty.rannosaur.us blog has a pretty interesting post (see what I did there?) about 10 famously ugly people. This one to the left is Attila the Hun:

Practically unstoppable, Attila almost wiped out Western civilization until Pope Leo I talked him out of sacking Rome. According to Hollywood he looked like Gerard Butler, better known as Leonidas from 300, since Butler played him in the 2001 television series.

The reality is that he looked more like Shrek. Passages from history describe an extremely short man, built like an ogre, who so hideous that he was “human and yet not.” He is described with a bulbous head, flat nose, moist nostrils, beady eyes, and thin beard. None of this stopped him from marrying 12 beautiful women and dying while devirginizing his last one.


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I wouldn't be surprised if the ones doing the describing of Atilla were Roman citizens themselves. I would very much doubt they would give any "barbarian" a flattering description.
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When I was little, a saw a picture of Eleanor Roosevelt and it scared me. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I was just a little kid and hadn't caught on to that thinking!
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