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Masculinity and Dress in Roman Antiquity





ISBN 9780367595173
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
214 Pages

 
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In Masculinity and Dress in Roman Antiquity, Olson argues that clothing functioned as part of the process of communication by which elite male influence, masculinity, and sexuality were made known and acknowledged, and furthermore that these concepts interconnected in socially significant ways. This volume also sets out the details of masculine dress from literary and artistic evidence and the connection of clothing to rank, status, and ritual. This is the first monograph in English to draw together the myriad evidence for male dress in the Roman world, and examine it as evidence for men’s self-presentation, status, and social convention.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations



Acknowledgments



Abbreviations



Introduction: Roman clothing 



1 Tunic and toga: clothing and rank 



2 Other aspects of costume



3 Poverty, mourning, and sordes



4 Clothing and status



5 Class and Sexuality



Conclusion



Bibliography



Index

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Biography

Kelly Olson is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her other works include Dress and the Roman Woman (Routledge, 2008).