During the Republic of Rome, elderly men were seen as wise, intellectual leaders. In fact, only elderly men were allowed to dictate the city. These old leaders would often be as old as 60. Because age played such a huge role in politics, many people would request sculptors to make them appear older than they actually were. These sculptural bust would usually be embellished with wrinkled skin, worry lines, and even warts. These imperfections served as a mark of intelligence and civil virtue.