Hairstyles in ancient Greece were a reflection of status and power.
Even the strong warrior women of Greece could afford to display their
femininity. Dressed in armor and bearing weapons, these women who had
lost their men in battle, would not become slaves to others. They took
up the challenge to defend their city-state, yet in representation,
they appeared feminine, with the one element that could barely be hidden
-- their hairstyle. Where the French Joan of Arc became a pragmatist,
cutting her hair short to accommodate a helmet and with no time for
beauty parlor functions, the Greek warrior woman was strong and powerful
yet with a natural aura of femininity. Often it was the relationship
with one another, as woman to man, that propelled the myths and
legends involving Greek goddesses and women warriors.
Greeks hairstyles are a reflection of a society that was one of the most
advanced ever. Ornate hairstyles were a natural for a culture that was
technologically advanced. As well, they were a nation of city-states
that competed with one another, and were successful conquerors. This
gave them the luxury of many slaves an servants, which the upper class
Greek woman required in order to maintain an appropriate hairstyle that
matched her station in life. The Greek women, from statues, coins, and
other images, were much more feminine in appearance than their Roman
counterparts, indicating a greater need to present themselves as a
distinct component of a wealthy and advanced society.
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