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Costumes of the Greeks and Romans (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – June 1, 1962

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From headdresses to sandals, from warrior's armor to priestess's robes, the authentic costumes of people from all walks of life in the Roman and Greek civilizations are here pictured comprehensively and clearly. Three hundred finely drawn, detailed engravings (containing over 700 illustrations) show just what was worn by the poets, philosophers, priests and priestesses, peasants, Bacchanalians, emperors, generals, Amazons, and virgins of a bygone age.
Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary by Thomas Hope (1770–1831), a British collector and designer, these engravings combine an unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Their range, too, is unusually great, for besides the many plates on the costumes of the Greeks and Romans, there are representative illustrations of the typical dress of such other civilizations as the Phrygian, Egyptian, Parthian, Etruscan, and Persian.
In addition, scores of engravings are devoted to such now-forgotten objects as ancient musical instruments (the lyre, double flute, pipes of Pan, etc.), Bacchanalian implements, articles of furniture, women's trinkets and jewelry, sarcophagi, altars, and other adjuncts to ancient life.
Such comprehensiveness makes this book indispensable to costume designers, stage fitters, and producers of classic plays, students of fashion design, and others interested in ancient costumes. The material included here is covered in no ordinary history, and only here can the interested reader discover just how the draping of the Greek robe was achieved, or what was worn at festivals and funerals by the various classes.
Art directors, advertising managers, and others on the lookout for unusual and eye-catching illustrations will also treasure this collection. All of the engravings are royalty free and may be used in any way, whether as striking contrasts to modern styles in dress, jewelry, or furniture; for historical perspective; for mood pieces; or simply as unusual attention-getters.
Dover unabridged republication of the first edition, 1912.

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Paco Hope is a Technical Manager with Cigital. His areas of expertise software security, security testing, and casino gaming. He specializes in analyzing the security of software, software systems, and software development processes. Paco frequently speaks at conferences such as the Better Software Conference, STAR East, and STAR West. He conducts training on risk-based security testing, writing security requirements, and software security fundamentals. He can be reached at paco@cigital.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486200213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486200217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book contains a huge variety of classical drawings which teachers and students can use for fun and enlightenment. Any of the illustrations can be copied on reports, projects, tests or quizzes. They can be enlarged too. You can get a great deal of use from this inexpensive treasure.
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This is one of the best books on the subject. Every costume, theatrical and visual artist will find this book to be an excellent resource of the period. The illustrations are clear, and beautifully rendered.
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You have got to love Dover Publishing. They have republished a two hundred year old work by the Anglo/Dutch banker/designer Thomas Hope. As a young man, Hope toured the Continent visiting not only ancient Roman and Greek sites but also many private antiquities collections. He sketched the ancient images of people and the gods. His line sketches remind me of the iconic drawings of scenes from the Iliad produced by his contemporary, John Flaxman. Thomas Hope compliled over 700 these beautifully rendered illustrations and used them in a book published in 1809. I am sure that in the two hundred years since "Ancient Costumes" was published, the study of Greek and Roman costume has made great advances. Nevertheless, Thomas Hope's efforts are the foundation on which the modern study of ancient costumes is based. This a beautiful book published at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended.
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The language is a bit weird, like that of the 18th or 19th century European travellers. The information is sufficient but is not as academic as one would expect, if you are looking for a scholarly source.

However, the visual part (pictures, figures) is very extensive and helpful.
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I was really hoping for more illustrations so I could SEE examples of Greek and Roman dress without having to try to imagine it in my head. But it does seem to have good info. Extant examples would have made it a much better pick for me.
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A great book, filled with detailed drawings of exactly what you'd expect. It's important to note these are not full color drawings, but they are very nice ones none the less, and it would be very useful for costume design.
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