Cosmetics and Perfumes in the Roman World

Cosmetics and Perfumes in the Roman World

by Susan Stewart
     
 

How widely did women use make-up in ancient Rome and what evidence exists? In this pioneering study, the author draws on literary, non-literary, visual, and archaeological evidence to show the importance of cosmetics and perfumes for health, ideas of beauty, social status, as a demonstration of wealth and luxury, and as an expression of gender within the Roman

Overview

How widely did women use make-up in ancient Rome and what evidence exists? In this pioneering study, the author draws on literary, non-literary, visual, and archaeological evidence to show the importance of cosmetics and perfumes for health, ideas of beauty, social status, as a demonstration of wealth and luxury, and as an expression of gender within the Roman Empire. Covering the 300 years from the writings of Ovid to the Price Edict of Diocletian in AD 301, the study acts as a survey of the perception and reality behind the use of cosmetics and perfumes under the Roman Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752440989
Publisher:
Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Stewart is a School Librarian in West Lothian. The work is based on a PhD thesis awarded by the Open University.

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