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Ancient Greek Warrior Woman


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. 15hqqy.









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