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Barbery was introduced to Rome by Greek colonies in Sicilly in 209 or 300 BCE. The first barber was brought to Rome by a man named Publius Titinius Menas. During the earliest parts of Roman history, most people would be their own barber. Eventually, people chose to have professional barbers because the tools used for barbery were difficult to handle. Wealthy Romans had their own personal barbers. Pliny the Elder believed that Scipio Aemilianus was the first Roman to shave every day. The profession of barbery prospered most during the Imperial period. The Romans adopted Hellenistic hairstyles.

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  • Barbery was introduced to Rome by Greek colonies in Sicilly in 209 or 300 BCE. The first barber was brought to Rome by a man named Publius Titinius Menas. During the earliest parts of Roman history, most people would be their own barber. Eventually, people chose to have professional barbers because the tools used for barbery were difficult to handle. Wealthy Romans had their own personal barbers. Pliny the Elder believed that Scipio Aemilianus was the first Roman to shave every day. The profession of barbery prospered most during the Imperial period. The Romans adopted Hellenistic hairstyles. (en)
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  • Ammianus Marcellinus (en)
  • Res Gestae (en)
  • Suetonius (en)
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  • Ammianus Marcellinus (en)
  • Res Gestae (en)
  • The Twelve Caesars (en)
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  • Who dye both their bodies and their hair of a blue colour, (en)
  • wherever you turn your eyes, you may see a multitude of women with their hair curled (en)
  • And when he was asked what he made by his business, he answered that he every day made enough to keep twenty persons, and as many horses, and also a large annual income, besides many sources of accidental gain. (en)
  • showed his venerable gray hairs to the numbers (en)
  • These he reserved for his parade, compelling them not only to dye their hair red and to let it grow long, (en)
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  • Barbery was introduced to Rome by Greek colonies in Sicilly in 209 or 300 BCE. The first barber was brought to Rome by a man named Publius Titinius Menas. During the earliest parts of Roman history, most people would be their own barber. Eventually, people chose to have professional barbers because the tools used for barbery were difficult to handle. Wealthy Romans had their own personal barbers. Pliny the Elder believed that Scipio Aemilianus was the first Roman to shave every day. The profession of barbery prospered most during the Imperial period. The Romans adopted Hellenistic hairstyles. (en)
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  • Hairstyles in ancient Rome (en)
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