"on the slab there was a bust, after the style of those of Roman emperors, which seemed to be of bronze"



   The prophetic brazen head capable of answering any and all questions asked of it turns up in several versions of the same legend, its creation attributed to a variety of famous sages but most enduringly to thirteenth-century friar Roger Bacon.  The popular romance chronicling his creation of such a head had been adapted by Robert Greene into the play Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay in the late sixteenth-century. 

Online copy of The Famous History of Friar Bacon (1627 edition)