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The Caryatid Hairstyling Project at Fairfield University in April 2009 tested the 
possibility of replicating the hairstyles and braiding techniques of the marble Caryatids (or maidens) from the South Porch of the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis. 6 students (5 art history majors and 1 psychology major) were selected for the project on the basis of the length and thickness of their hair. They participated out of curiosity, then after the hairstyling, became enthralled by the direct connection they felt to the ancient Athenian culture.

"Participating in The Caryatid Hairstyling Project really made me understand 
that there was a group of people actually alive at that time period. It no longer 
seemed like some point in ancient history."
 - Amber Nowak '12 (Kore C)

Often hairstyles in ancient Greek art are elaborate and appear decorative. However, professional hairstylists today can readily recognize the technical virtuosity within these ancient designs. The Caryatids are individually referred to as Kore A - F (Kore is Greek for "maiden"). The elaborate hairstyles reflect a visual symbol connecting these maidens to the larger Athenian community. It is this connection that traveled through the ages to our current Fairfield students as they participated in this unique proect.

Kore A - Sandra Cimino '09

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Kore B - Dana Westrup '10

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Kore C - Amber Nowak '12

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Kore D - Mara Giarratana Young '11

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Kore E - Caitlin Parker '11

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Kore F - Shannon Berger '11

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The Caryatid Hairstyling Project | Caryatid Resources

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