As I have a few moments, I wanted to report a few news items as well, for those who have not yet seen them…
1) Death of Jeanne Manford. On January 9th, Jeanne Manford died: she is most famous for being the founder of PFLAG, an important LGBTQ support organization. You can read more about her here. The first organization to this end that she founded was called POG, and met first on March 11, 1973 with about 10 people. Now, PFLAG is one of the largest LGBTQ support organizations in the country.
So, my next question should be expectable in relation to this: should she now be known amongst us as Jeanne Manford Sancta? Please let me know your thoughts after you investigate her further.
2) Vestal Virgins: Now With Real Hair! Some of you may have seen this story advertised elsewhere, but I really suggest you watch the video–it’s about 15 minutes long, and comes with a bibliography at the end!
Janet Stephens, the experimental “hairstyle” archaeologist who did this project, also has videos on the Empress Diva Plotina’s hair!
Needless to say, as Antinous’ hair is particularly wonderful (and so is Glykon’s!), and being the grandchild of a couple that were a barber and a hairdresser, I like things about hair (and constantly lament its pronounced absence upon my scalp!)…and, I like creative experimental archaeology like this a great deal, too. Next, I’d like to see someone do a video of how to properly put on a cynodesme.