Greek and Roman Textiles and Dress: An Interdisciplinary Anthology

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Mary Harlow, Marie-Louise Nosch
Oxbow Books, Sep 30, 2014 - Crafts & Hobbies - 320 pages
Twenty chapters present the range of current research into the study of textiles and dress in classical antiquity, stressing the need for cross and inter-disciplinarity study in order to gain the fullest picture of surviving material. Issues addressed include: the importance of studying textiles to understand economy and landscape in the past; different types of embellishments of dress from weaving techniques to the (late introduction) of embroidery; the close links between the language of ancient mathematics and weaving; the relationships of iconography to the realities of clothed bodies including a paper on the ground breaking research on the polychromy of ancient statuary; dye recipes and methods of analysis; case studies of garments in Spanish, Viennese and Greek collections which discuss methods of analysis and conservation; analyses of textile tools from across the Mediterranean; discussions of trade and ethnicity to the workshop relations in Roman fulleries. Multiple aspects of the production of textiles and the social meaning of dress are included here to offer the reader an up-to-date account of the state of current research. The volume opens up the range of questions that can now be answered when looking at fragments of textiles and examining written and iconographic images of dressed individuals in a range of media. The volume is part of a pair together with Prehistoric, Ancient Near Eastern and Aegean Textiles and Dress: an interdisciplinary anthology edited by Mary Harlow, C_cile Michel and Marie-Louise Nosch
 

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Contents

Weaving the Threads methodologies in textile and dress research for the Greek and Roman world the state of the art and the case for crossdisciplinar...
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Embellishment Techniques of Classical Greek Textiles by Stella Spantidaki
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The Importance of Beginnings gender and reproduction in mathematics and weaving by Ellen HarliziusKlück
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Representation and Realities fibulas and pins in Greek and Near Eastern iconography by Cecilie Brřns
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Dressing the Citharode a chapter in Greek musical and cultic imagery by Marco Ercoles
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Alchemical Textiles colourful garments recipes and dyeing techniques in GraecoRoman Egypt by Matteo Martelli
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The Conservation of a 5thCentury BC Excavated Textile Find from the Kerameikos Cemetery at Athens by Christina Margariti and Maria Kinti
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Transport Amphoras and Loomweights integrating elements of ancient Greek economies? by Mark L Lawall
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Roman Art what can it tell us about dress and textiles? A discussion on the use of visual evidence as sources for textile research by Lena Larsson Lovén
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Where Marble Meets Colour surface texturing of hair skin and dress on Roman marble portraits as support for painted polychromy by Amalie Skov...
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Dressing the Adulteress by Jessica Dixon
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Looking Between Loom and Laundry vision and communication in Ostian fulling workshops by Elizabeth Bevis
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Roman Textiles and Barbarians some observations on textile exchange between the Roman Empire and Barbaricum by Zofia Kaczmarek
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The Multiple Functions and Lives of a Textile the reuse of a garment by Ines Bogensperger
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Discovering Late Antique Textiles in the Public Collections in Spain an interdisciplinary research project by Laura Rodríguez Peinado Ana Cabrera L...
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A New Approach to the Understanding of Historic Textiles by Pilar Borrego and Carmen Vega
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The Wool Basket function depiction and meaning of the kalathos by Elisabeth Trinkl
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Unravelling the Tangled Threads of Ancient Embroidery a compilation of written sources and archaeologically preserved textiles by Kerstin DroßKrü...
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New Archaeological Data for the Understanding of Weaving in Herakleia Southern Basilicata Italy by Francesco Meo
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Burial Threads a late antique textile and the iconography of the Virgin Annunciate spinning by Catherine C Taylor
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Mary Harlow is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Marie-Louise Nosch is Director of the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen and Research Professor at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen. She is the editor of many titles in the Ancient Textiles series.

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