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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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This is an outstanding source for me as a theater costume student. It has hundreds of pages of variations on the greek and roman clothing and makes it easy to find options and... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Cooper Foutz
This book is great! All the illustrations were beautiful and depicted very accurately. There were even Greek and Roman colum designs, and even Greek chariots designs! Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Dani
This book has beautiful drawings, however, there are no photos in this book so we can't tell what is the artist's assumtion and what isn't. It's like having something third-hand. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by Lethrenn
This book is great, we are using it to correctly dress some of our program participants for a function wehave coming up.Published on March 11, 2007 by Joshua Perea