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

Advertisements

The Muses

Identity and Roles in Antiquity The Muses of Greek mythology were goddesses of poetry, song, and dance and are unparalleled in any other part of the world. They are likened to Nymphs, Charites (Graces), and Sirens as they are all highly skilled in song and/or dance. They represented practice, memory, and song (Melete, Mneme, and … More The Muses

A Comparison of Women in Classical Greece and Greek Mythology

Women in Classical Greece were uniquely responsible for childbearing, raising the children, weaving, and managing the household. Childbirth was extremely dangerous as mortality rates at birth were high for both the mother and child. Caring for a newborn child posed a similar concern , since infant death rates in antiquity have been determined at 300 … More A Comparison of Women in Classical Greece and Greek Mythology

Prescribed Implications of Dress: Comparing the Matrona and the Mistress in the Early Roman Empire

I was interested in discovering what made clothing important to the Romans. What aspects were unique to women? After some initial research, I decided to focus on two seemingly opposite classes of women, feeding into the Madonna and Whore trope, I decided to investigate differences in dress of matronas and prostitutes in Roman society. However, … More Prescribed Implications of Dress: Comparing the Matrona and the Mistress in the Early Roman Empire

The Male Understanding of Female Bodies in Antiquity

Female voices are underrepresented or non-existent in writing regarding medicine and anatomy in antiquity. Female patients were not the same way we are today. They were not addressed by their name; sometimes they weren’t even addressed at all, but rather interactions were with their guardians. Can you imagine not being told what was going on with … More The Male Understanding of Female Bodies in Antiquity