Book Launch Draws Scholars Together Around Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity

Thursday, October 14, 2021

On October 5, Grebel celebrated the launch of Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity: Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians co-edited by Grebel Prof Alicia J. Batten and Kelly Olson.

In this book, insights from anthropology, religious studies, biblical studies, sociology, classics, and Jewish studies are 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.

Enjoy this taste of the book, as explained by many of the anthology contributors.

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