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Hairstyles in the arts of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Abstract

Styling one's hair seems to be an innate desire of humans to emphasize their beauty and power. As reviewed here, hairstyles were influenced by preceding cultures, by religion, by those depicted for gods and emperors on sculptures and coins. In addition, they were determined by aspects of lifestyle such as sports, wealth, and the desire to display inner feelings. The historical changes in fashions can be exemplarily followed by a visitor to an art collection of Graeco-Roman antiquity. The study of hairstyles permits an insight into very basic aspects of the self-conception of individuals and of the respective societies.

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    Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany. norb.haas@charite.de

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    MeSH

    Greek World
    Hair
    History, Ancient
    Humans
    Roman World
    Sculpture

    Pub Type(s)

    Historical Article
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16382686

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Hairstyles in the arts of Greek and Roman antiquity. AU - Haas,Norbert, AU - Toppe,Francoise, AU - Henz,Beate M, PY - 2005/12/31/pubmed PY - 2006/2/24/medline PY - 2005/12/31/entrez SP - 298 EP - 300 JF - The journal of investigative dermatology. Symposium proceedings / the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Inc. [and] European Society for Dermatological Research JO - J. Investig. Dermatol. Symp. Proc. VL - 10 IS - 3 N2 - Styling one's hair seems to be an innate desire of humans to emphasize their beauty and power. As reviewed here, hairstyles were influenced by preceding cultures, by religion, by those depicted for gods and emperors on sculptures and coins. In addition, they were determined by aspects of lifestyle such as sports, wealth, and the desire to display inner feelings. The historical changes in fashions can be exemplarily followed by a visitor to an art collection of Graeco-Roman antiquity. The study of hairstyles permits an insight into very basic aspects of the self-conception of individuals and of the respective societies. SN - 1087-0024 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16382686/Hairstyles_in_the_arts_of_Greek_and_Roman_antiquity_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1087-0024.2005.10120.x ER -