Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Reconstruction of a fragmented peplos found in the grave of the wealthy “Huldremose Woman”, ca 450 AD Denmark, National Museum of Denmark
Trousers with attached socks, ca 4th century Germany, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum
Germanic and Celtic tribes wore leggings referred to as “trousers” that were initially looked down upon by the Greeks and Romans because they were worn by “barbarian” cultures. Draped tunics were viewed as symbols of civilization, much like how we today might view a tuxedo vs overalls and no shirt. Eventually, however, Romans in northern regions did adopt trousers for warmth. They became accepted in part because trousers were also worn at the time by the Persians. Loose trousers were worn under tunics in the Byzantine Empire. The trousers in the picture above were found in the Thorsberg moor in Angeln, Germany.
Just a side note: These were probably put in the moor by themselves as a votive offering, not with a body attached to them.
Piece of a tapestry, ca 4th century AD Egypt, Victoria & Albert Museum
Classical motifs made it even to central Egypt, where this fragment was found. In the East, classical influences have been found as far away as India! The fragment depicts Perseus cutting off the head of Medusa.