The World of Roman Costume

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Overview

"A valuable resource for historians of culture, the arts, and religion." -Biblical Archaeological Review

"Will enlighten a wide readership of scholars, teachers, and costumers."-E.J.W. Barber, Archaeological News

Author Biography: Judith Lynn Sebesta, professor of classics at the University of South Dakota, is the author of Carl Orff: Carmina Burana Cantiones Profanae. Larissa Bonfante is professor of classics at New York University. Her current research is on the representation of nudity in antiquity.

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A cross disciplinary treatment of Roman garments and accessories, from Etruscan influences to the transition to early Christian and medieval garb. Thirteen articles (divided into garments, hairstyles, and accessories; literary evidence; geographic questions; and reconstructions) address the functional and symbolic values of costuming within Roman society and other societies where Roman influence was pervasive. Generously illustrated with b&w photographs and costume diagrams and informatively annotated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299138547
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 759,888
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Lynn Sebesta is professor of Classics at the University of South Dakota and the author of Carl Orff: Carmina Burana Cantiones Profanae.  Larissa Bonfante is professor of Classics at Columbia University and the author of Etruscan Dress.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Abbreviations
Contributors
Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. I Roman Garments, Hairstyles, Accessories
1 The Toga: From National to Ceremonial Costume 13
2 Symbolism in the Costume of the Roman Woman 46
3 The Costume of the Roman Bride 54
4 Tunica Ralla, Tunica Spissa: The Colors and Textiles of Roman Costume 65
5 Jewelry as a Symbol of Status in the Roman Empire 77
6 Roman Footwear 101
Pt. II Roman Costume and Literary Evidence
7 Cicero as Evidence for Attitudes to Dress in the Late Republic 133
8 De Habitu Vestis: Clothing in the Aeneid 146
9 The Social, Religious, and Political Aspects of Costume in Josephus 153
Pt. III Roman Costume and Geographic Questions
10 Graeco-Roman Dress in Syro-Mesopotamia 163
11 Costume in Roman Palestine: Archaelogical Remains and the Evidence from the Mishnah 182
12 Costume as Geographic Indicator: Barbarians and Prisoners on Cuirassed Statue Breastplates 191
Pt. IV Reconstructions
13 Reconstructing Roman Clothing 213
Glossary 241
Bibliography 249
Index 263
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