Roman women were likely far more feminine than the artists of the time
portrayed. They were required to be as strong and important as their
male counterparts. At the same time, their feminine nature was
important. They often look stern, and cold and thoughtful, yet the
hairstyles betray a concern about their appearance. Where men's styles
are ragged and unkempt, woman's styles are ornate and orderly. They
lack the cuteness that we are accustomed to in modern times, with no
sign of curls or braids, but often that was a result of the medium in
which the artist had to work. An orderly hairstyle was more suitable to
marble and coinage. One expects, the less authoritarian female could be
a coy companion, and that her hairstyle and presence would equally
represent her character.
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