Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity

Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians

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Alicia J. Batten, Kelly Olson
  • New York: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , March
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Douglas Clarke forthcoming.


Insights from anthropology, religious studies, biblical studies, sociology, classics, and Jewish studies are here combined to provide a cutting-edge guide to dress and religion in the Greco-Roman World and the Mediterranean basin. Clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, and hairstyles are among the many aspects examined to show the variety of functions of dress in communication and in both establishing and defending identity.

The volume begins by reviewing how scholars in the fields of classics, anthropology, religious studies, and sociology examine dress. The second section then looks at materials, including depictions of clothing in sculpture and in Egyptian mummy portraits. The third (and largest) part of the book then examines dress in specific contexts, beginning with Greece and Rome and going on to Jewish and Christian dress, with a specific focus on the intersection between dress, clothing and religion.

By combining essays from over twenty scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, the book provides a unique overview of different approaches to and contexts of dress in one volume, leading to a greater understanding of dress both within ancient societies and in the contemporary world.


About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Alicia J. Batten is professor of religious studies and theology at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Kelly Olson is professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.


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