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Complicated Roman Hairstyle Decoded

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Jean Raoux  Vestal VirginSEATTLE—The hairstyle worn by Rome’s Vestal Virgins has been recreated by Janet Stephens, a hairdresser and amateur archaeologist who has recreated other ancient hairdos. “These were the six most important women in Rome with possible exception of the emperor’s wife,” she explained at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. She figured out the complicated pattern of braids by studying two busts of vestal virgins.