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The Flavians: Hairsyles of the Rich and Famous

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Fonseca Bust, Museo Capitolino. 2nd century CE

 

I found this passage from Annelise Freisenbruch's Caesars' Wives thought provoking:

 

From the age of adolescence a respectable Roman woman never wore her hair loose in public. Untamed locks were the signature style of sexually unchaste or barbarian women like the British warrior Queen Boudicca, women whose show of unkemptness was appropriate in the context of their grief, or else the special preserve of goddesses, who were exempt from the usual civic norms. For the Flavians the impressive technical feat represented by the Toupetfrisur echoed the dynasty

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