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Bibil Identifier bibil:155856
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Dress and the Roman Woman
Title (English, ) Self-Presentation and Society
Author Olson, Kelly
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 47214
Place 937:37
Department Antiquité
Publishing house Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Place London/New York
ISBN 978-0-415-41476-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 171 Pages
xv Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract In ancient Rome, the subtlest details in dress helped to distinguish between levels of social and moral hierarchy. Clothes were a key part of the sign systems of Roman civilization – a central aspect of its visual language, for women as well as men.
This engaging book collects and examines artistic evidence and literary references to female clothing, cosmetics and ornament in Roman antiquity, deciphering their meaning and revealing what it meant to be an adorned woman in Roman society.
Cosmetics, ornaments and fashion were often considered frivolous, wasteful or deceptive, which reflects ancient views about the nature of women. However, Kelly Olson uses literary evidence to argue that women often took pleasure in fashioning themselves, and many treated adornment as a significant activity, enjoying the social status, influence and power that it signified.
This study makes an important contribution to our knowledge of Roman women and is essential reading for anyone interested in ancient Roman life.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Women
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Clothing / Dress
Last modification 2017-10-27