Jump to content
UNRV Ancient Roman Empire Forums
Sign in to follow this  
Fulvia

Ladies of Beautiful Hair

Recommended Posts

The information you never knew you wanted to know. A hairstylist/ amateur experimental archaeologist has, what she claimed, successfully recreated the hair style of the Vestal Virgins, and also of many brides, the sine crines. Since hair styles were so important to social status, social function and even religious duties, it is quite interesting to see this style put forward as a very likely candidate to in fact reveal a detail of religious duty that would have been vitally important to the Romans. Unlike other hair styles which very obviously have fads that can be easily followed, ie. conservative hair styles from the Republic vs. the Flavian hair, it would appear that the Vestal Virgin's own style changed little to none over the years. A testament to the need for religious purity as seen through the hair styles perhaps?

 

The article and demonstrative video for your viewing pleasure:

Unveiling the Sine Crines

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enjoyed this very much. Thanks for posting.

 

This probably has been discussed before, but the Vestal Virgins remind me so much of Roman Catholic nuns. Is there a connection or just coincidence? Makes me wonder.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow: I almost missed this interesting post.

 

Janet Stephens has done some interesting and insightful "amateur" research.

 

Here is a previous post discussing the Ancient hair style of Julia Domna with reference to her work:

 

http://www.unrv.com/forum/topic/15740-julia-domnas-hairstyle-wig-v-natural/

 

Thank you for posting,

 

guy also known as gaius

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That was so cool...and the funny part is that, as a child and a teenager, I used to try to do something like that on my own.  Little did I know that I was trying to be like a Roman!

 

Oh the days of long, flowing hair... *sigh*

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very interesting article and video. Usually when it comes to Roman fashion styles, the only thing that is discussed is the military. Hair is never mentioned.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hair took the place of our designer bags - probably.   A way to sliently show how upper class you were by how much time and how intricate you could get your hair .... also henna coloring and such - a game for rich ladies.

 

:)  

 

That being said, I like the care taken with the long flowing locks ..... but I couldn't must the patience to do it myself.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Map of the Roman Empire

×