A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in Antiquity

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in Antiquity

by Mary Harlow

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Whilst seemingly simple garments such as the tunic remained staples of the classical wardrobe, sources from the period reveal a rich variety of changing styles and attitudes to clothing across the ancient world. Covering the period 500 BCE to 800 CE and drawing on sources ranging from extant garments and architectural iconography to official edicts and literature, this volume reveals Antiquity's preoccupation with dress, which was matched by an appreciation of the processes of production rarely seen in later periods.

From a courtesan's sheer faux-silk garb to the sumptuous purple dyes of an emperor's finery, clothing was as much a marker of status and personal expression as it was a site of social control and anxiety. Contemporary commentators expressed alarm in equal measure at the over-dressed, the excessively ascetic or at 'barbarian' silhouettes.

Richly illustrated with 100 images, A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in Antiquity presents an overview of the period with essays on textiles, production and distribution, the body, belief, gender and sexuality, status, ethnicity, visual representations, and literary representations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350114043
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Series: The Cultural Histories Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

Mary Harlow is Associate Professor of Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK.
Mary Harlow is Senior Lecturer in Roman History in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham. Her research interests include age and ageing in the Roman and late antique world.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Mary Harlow

Chapter 1 – Textiles
Eva Andersson Strand and Ulla Mannering

Chapter 2 – Production and Distribution
Kerstin Droß-Krüpe

Chapter 3 – The Body
Glenys Davies and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Chapter 4 – Belief
Carly Daniel Hughes

Chapter 5 – Gender and Sexuality
Glenys Davies and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Chapter 6 – Status
Kelly Olson

Chapter 7 – Ethnicity
Ursula Rothe

Chapter 8 – Visual Representations
Lena Larsson Lovén

Chapter 9 – Literary Representations
Mary Harlow

Notes on Contributors

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