Hair Braiding in Ancient Greece
By Emily Gold Boutilier
On Wednesday, April 18, in a workshop sponsored by the classics department, three students volunteered to have their hair braided like the subjects in the Erechtheum Caryatid statues of Ancient Greece.
Professor of Classics Rebecca Sinos helped plan the event after a guest lecturer in her “Archeology of Greece” course, Katherine Schwab, described her work in recreating the statues’ elaborately braided styles. (Most of the statues are on display at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.)
Canter fashioned Parr’s hair into a sort of wreath—which he removed once he got home. Schapiro, on the other hand, was so pleased that she asked Canter to redo her braids for tonight’s Spring Formal. Sinos can understand why: “She really looked like a queen.”