Women’s Fashion in Imperial Rome

The clothes of Roman women were not just practical but were also indicators of the woman’s standing in society. Wealth could be hinted at through vibrant colours and elaborate hairstyles. Clothes also differed between ages and marriage. In this page, I will discuss what clothing articles were worn, how they were worn, as well as what they signified with discussion on materials, dyes, hairstyles, and makeup. … More Women’s Fashion in Imperial Rome

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Women in Pompeii and Their Dominance Through Frescoes

Overview:  Frescoes that have been frozen in time through volcanic ash help tell the stories of women in Pompeii. Prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving city by the bay of Naples that served both the community and visitors. In Pompeii, prostitution was common among lower class women and their trade … More Women in Pompeii and Their Dominance Through Frescoes

Ancient Roman Prostitues

  Who: Female Prostitutes What: Prostitution in Ancient Rome Where: Mostly Pompeii, but prostitution was everywhere When: primarily between 200 BCE and 250 CE Why: Though many high school history books may hide the knowledge of ancient prostitutes, that does not mean they do not exist. Prostitution has been around for a very long time, often referred … More Ancient Roman Prostitues

Midwives

The average married woman in antiquity was likely to have an average of four to six children, and with high infant mortality rates, ancient midwives would have done invaluable work. … More Midwives

Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

  As one might expect, childbirth in the ancient world was extremely dangerous. This was due partially to a lack of understanding about the female body, leading to societal assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the use of potentially dangerous herbs. The Hippocratic writings A large portion of the written sources about women’s … More Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

Mycenaean Female’s Clothing, Hair, and Jewellery

A Brief Mycenaean Background From the 15th to the 13th century BCE, the Mycenaean people inhabited mainland Greece, as well as parts of the Aegean, Crete and the Cycladic Islands. This era of people were influenced largely by the Minoan civilization. A few important locations from this time period are Mycenae (the main site that the … More Mycenaean Female’s Clothing, Hair, and Jewellery