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What your beard says about you (and the Romans and the Greeks)

Beards have meaning—now as they did in antiquity

By Charlotte Higgins   December 2018

Hirsute heroes of history. Illustration: Kate Hazell

Some years ago, frolicking by night in the streets of London’s Shoreditch, I happened upon a merry band of bearded youths. This facial-hair fashion had yet to reach the heights of ubiquity that it has achieved today. These young men were the outriders: hipsters; whittlers of spoons; riders of the fixed-gear bicycle.

We discoursed on the subject of beards and the hirsute boys earnestly informed me that their chosen mode had nothing to do with fashion, nor with the recent global financial…

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