The elaborate curls and braids of Roman hairstyles of Ovid's day are perhaps best seen in a somewhat later portrait, that of the freedwoman Staia Quinta. This female head and the associated herm were excavated (together but not attached) at the Temple of Diana at Lake Nemi in 1887, and are usually dated to the first century AD. The herm is inscribed STAIA • L • L • QUINTA (the L.L. standing for Lucii liberta, freedwoman of Lucius). At the top of the head the hair is parted, and it continues in waves to the temples, where the hair is curled. Curls cover most of the lower part of the head when seen from the back, but Staia had obviously longer hair than this, and the excess is caught in two braids at the back of the neck, perfectly symmetrical and hanging down to the edge of her clothing. A style akin to this, though simpler, is also seen in portraits from closer to Ovid's lifetime: those of the elder Agrippina (14 BC-AD 33), wife of Germanicus and grandmother of Nero. Here again the hair begins at the central part in waves and goes on to elaborate curls, and this is perhaps what Ovid has in mind in centum flexibus apti.
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