Clothing and Dress for Women in the Art of Ancient Greece, Set II

Question: what did a spartan soilder dress like and what weapons did he carry? please email the answer back to me if u can


Question: what did Athenian Women ware causaly

Answer: They wore the same type of clothes for almost every occaision. To dress
up they would wear more ties and jewelry, though sometimes they had a finer robe to wear.

Question: What are the differnces between nowadays womens clothing to
ancient greek women

Answer: In ancient Greece womens’s clothing consisted of rectangles of
material sewn together that draped on the body like a sheet. Today women’s
clothing is made from more irregular shaped pieces that hug the body.

Question: did the women make the clothing?

Answer: Yes. They spun the wool; wove the cloth; and sewed the cloth into
garments. They also embroidered.

Question: What did the kids wear??the females??the men??Was their a color
of clothes that they would wear??

Answer: They all wore the same things mentioned above. The colors varied
with taste and price.

Question: I noticed that not many women wore clothing in many of the
pictures that I have seen on the topic for my project. Is this true or do they
only pose nude in pictures?

Answer: In ancient Greece public nudity was much more tolerated than it is
today. But it was mainly the men that appeared nude. In the Minoan culture
women wore their breasts exposed, but in the other cultures they were covered. Before about 350 BCE women did not appear nude even in pictures. After that time goddesses appeared nude much more often than mortals.

The Greek men became accustomed to nudity in athletic competitions. This
practice led to the heroic nude which displayed heroes and victors in the nude.
Artists reinforced this practice because it is easier to achieve a naturalistic
pose in a nude figure. The naturalism achieved became quite popular and
this reinforced the idea of the nude in art. Eventually women were portrayed
this way too. The ideal women in the nude was found to be sexy as well so
images of nude women became quite popular. The result is that women are
more often pictured nude than they appear in reality.

One fact that is interesting about ancient Greek art is the wide variety of
activities that are pictured. This gives us more insight into the culture
of the ancient Greeks than into other cultures. Within this contest the
question of nudity becomes more interesting. Are there topics that are more
conducive to nudity than others? For bathing nudity seems logical, but what
about weaving? And why should the Greeks have pictured women dressing and
undressing? Now we think this is sexy, but did the Greeks have the same idea?
Perhaps the artists were just interested in abstract shapes.

Question: what kind of clothing did they where on a ually day

Answer: Most people had only one change of clothing so they always wore
the same thing. When it was hot layers came off, and when it was cold more
layers went on. For variety they would tie the clothes differently, wear
jewelry, or wear a wrap.

Question: Did the Greek women were wigs?

Answer: Probably, but they were not obvious to anyone. Their hairdos
appear quite natural.

Question: what colours did upper class women wear more? And was purple
worn only by the royalty, or could it be worn by any person? As well, i’m
acting in Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and am the character Kalonike. if u’re
familiar with the play, could u give me some suggestions as to costume? the
play takes place in 411 B.C. and she is Athenian. thanx a lot.

Answer: The upper class wore any color of the rainbow. There were no
royalty in ancient Greece. All the ladies wore the same basic costume,
but it was tied differently, of finer quality in Athens, and worn with
different jewelry. We will be doing Lysistrata in the next few months but
we have not cast the characters yet.

Question: Who wore the bands of gold leaves around their head and why?
(They were a type of wreath.)

Answer: “Ariadne also had a radiant circular crown of gold, made by
Aphrodite, which Dionysos had given her in token of His love. She gave this to
Theseus, and Ariadne’s Crown (Stephanos AriadnÁs) illuminated his journey
and guided him along the way.” Ancient Greek Samhain Festivals; John Opsopaus (c) 1996

Question: What if any were the differences in Crete and /greek clothing

Answer: Greek clothes were well adapted to the fact that the clothes were
woven on a loom by the women of the community. The clothes were made up of
simple rectangular patterns that were easy to weave and sew together. From
this point of view the clothes of Minoan Crete were quite remarkable. The
ladies wore a three piece outfit. On the upper body a vest-like garment was worn that could expose the breasts and perhaps cover them if the weather was cold. Around the waist was a wide girdle that cinched the waist until it was quite narrow. The lower part of the body was
covered with a flounced skirt that may have consisted of many layers. All
these pieces were close fitting and would have required tailoring.

Question: Do you have a picture and the name of the gold leafed crowns worn by ancient greeks?

Answer: Maid with diadem (Ariadne?)

Question: how did they make there clothes?

Answer: The women wove rectangles of cloth which they sewed together to make

Question: How did epithemeus dress?

Answer: This could be a picture of Epimetheus and Pandora:
Click here

Question: What kinda clothes did Greek people wear in
summer and winter???

Answer: As the weather turned colder they just put on an additional garment.
the normal sequence was in the summer they wore just a chiton. As the weather
turned colder they put a peplos over the chiton. Still colder weather brought
a himation over the peplos. But any of these could be doubled up.

Question: What clothes did they wear in rain or very hot

Answer: They sprinkled olived oil on their clothes to keep the moisture
out. The himation was the typical rain gear. The chiton was suitable for hot
weather if it was woven from a light material. Of course, in the hotest
weather they could always strip naked.

Question: wedding attire

Answer: Weddings.

Question: I’ve read that Ancient Greeks decorated clothing with

Answer: Sprigs were important:

Question: Who wore clothing? Who did not? What fabric did they
use? Who made the clothing? Did they wear make-up? did they
wear wigs?

Answer: Everyone, except young children, wore clothing to keep warm and
to protect them from the elements. If the weather was pleasant clothes would
be removed by some. Athletes would perform naked, and bathers would bathe
naked. The clothing was made by the women of the culture. They wore make-up
but it was light. They probably wore wigs too, but they are not obvious.
The ancient Greek women had a very natural looking beauty.

Question: What is a tunic?

Answer:a bearded archer, wearing a short tunic, Originally the tunic had no sleeves. It was essentially a short chiton. It is difficult to tell the difference between a tunic and a chitoniskos. Later, when the tunic develops sleeves the difference is more obvious.

Question: where can i find pictures of ancient greek children


Question: How did they punish poeple for stealing?

Answer: Punishments included fines, exile, loss of civic rights, or death.


Answer: A large, rectangular piece of material used as a cloak or shoulder

Question: what type of traditional clothing did men and women
wear in ancient greece

Answer: The peplos, chiton, and himation were traditional.

Question: who makes the clothing?

Answer: The clothing of ancient Greece was made by the women of ancient

Question: did they have bras?

Answer: No, they did not. If they needed something like a bra they used
a triangular bandage. Girdles may have also served this purpose. A mastodeton
is a breast band.

Question: what piece of cloths did they wear over their right

Answer: This was an issue only for the Amazons which see. The himation
was worn over the shoulder on one side, but the peplos and chiton were worn on
both shoulders.

Question: what did ancient grece women and men wear in winter

Answer: Layers. First a tunic perhaps, then a chiton, with a peplos over
that. Then a himation. If that was not enough another himation could be

Question: What types of masks did they wear?

Answer: Click here

Question: What did the ancient greeks normally wear as house clothes
and sleepwear?

Answer: In the Odyssey, Homer suggests that they slept naked and lounged
in their everyday clothes.

Question: What did Spartan warriors wear in battles?

Answer: Standard Greek Armor: corinthian helmet, cuirass, tunic, apron,
shield, spear, sword, greaves, sandals.

Question: How did u get this information??

Answer: The ancient Greeks left much information in the form of texts
and stories that were written down and copied. They also left art that was
preserved or copied. Finally, many people have written about the ancient
Greeks because they were so influential. I have studied all this material.

Question: the trojen war

Answer: Click here

Question: what did the lower class people wear

Answer: The same clothes except less jewelry and cheaper fabric..

Question: ionic chiton

Answer: Click Here

Question: Were there any gay guys back then?

Answer: The Greeks did not distinguish between homosexual and heterosexual sex but they were suspecious of a man that preferred homosexual sex. The Greeks accepted momosexual sex acts as long as a man was willng to father children.

Question: Are Ancient Greek styles of clothing and jewelery similair as to those of Ancient Egyptians?

Answer: Not really. Clothes were more of a necessity to the ancient Greeks
while to the Egyptians they were a luxury. Egyptian clothing was less voluminous. Egyptian clothing was more like to be made of cotton while Greek clothing was made mostly of wool.

Question: Did women have as many rights as they do today? Were they
forced to wear certain kinds of makeup or clothing?

Answer: Women in ancient Greece did not have any rights but few people had rights. Most people were controlled by custom rather than law. But the women were free
of most of the taboos of other societies. As a result they wore very little
makeup. Men and women wore the same general type of clothing, but women
preferred thinner, more supple fabrics. Activities were divided along sexual
lines so women did women’s work such as weaving, cooking, and caring for

Question: how can they wear that stuff

Answer: Greek clothes are easy to make and easy to fit. They put on quickly
and take off easily. They are really easy to wear.

Question: I need a picture of a womens chiton in the color saffron.
what color is saffron ? People are telling me a red-orange is
this right..

Answer: Not quite. Saffron is an herb that is the stigma of the saffron
flower which blooms on a crocus plant. The orange stigmas produce an intense
dye that varies from red-orange to yellow depending upon the amount used.
An article on working with saffron follows:
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Question: why did people in Greece wear that kind of clothing?

Answer: It was easy to make, cool in summer, and could be layered for warmth
in cold weather. They also liked to have clothing reveal their bodies.

Question: What do cathurni look like?

Answer: This seems to be a reference to kothornoi — κόθορνος — (also called cothurnus). A boot on Orestes is at: Click here but his one seems to lack the thick sole of a buskin. Robert Graves points out that the buskin is important mythologically because
it hobbles the wearer and makes him swagger. Actors dressing.

Question: What shoes did greek actors wear?

Answer: To appear as women Greek actors wore cothornous” (wooden shoes with
tall heels). These shoes were the same for both legs (no right and left).

Question: where can I get a picture of a greec person wearing
a toga

Answer: A toga is a Roman garment and not worn by Greeks.

Question: What did Homer look like?

Answer: There are no pictures or descriptions of Homer done by his

Question: What did writers write?

Answer: Ancient Greeks wer quite literate. Theused their knowledge of writng to develop business details, spells and incantations, laws, philosophy, dramas, and poetry.

Question: What did writers wear?

The same chitons, peplos and himations as everyone else.

Questions: I am doing a play at school, and I have a person
named Homer, which is a writer. He wrote about the trojan
war. Do you know what he wore?

Answer:The same chitons, peplos and himations as everyone else.

Question: did they wear under garmets?

Answer: Underwear is a fairly recent contribution to personal hygiene.

Question: What did Homer wear?

Answer: Probably a chiton, a peplos, or a himation, like everyone else.

Question: what did they make their clothing out of?

Answer: Early on most clothes were made out of the skins of animals.
By the Archaic period women wore clothes woven of wool or linen. Silk
was available from China and cotton or muslin from Egypt, but they were

Question: what tools did the ancient greeks use to wove

Answer: They used a warp weighted loom.

Question: what was it like

Answer: Clothes were more for protection than for comfort, but there was
no problem with fitting. You were more comfortable is you used lots of olive
oil on your skin.

Question: what did the goddess Artemis wear?

Answer: Sometimes she wore only her beautiful skin because she was trim and
fit as a result of her aerobic activity. Ususally she wore a short tunic that
would not interfere with her activity. But she also wore revealing gossamer
gowns that were stunning in their effect. Of the goddesses only Aphrodite
was more beautiful, but Artemis had the beauty of maidenhood.

Question: where the vase on there head a type of hat?

Answer: The ancient Greeks did not wear vases on their heads so it must
have been a type of hat. A lot of women carried water in jugs on their head. The top of their head was cushioned with a circular, donut shaped pad. This seems to have turned into a hat that some of the women wore.

Question: What do we know about the significance of the

Answer: Only that it is a Macedonian hat, probably more important after
Alexander’s conquests.

Question: What did the Mycenaean slaves wear?

Answer: Slaves could not be distinguished by their dress. They wore
cheaper versions of what non-slaves wore.

Question: What were the most common colors for ancient Greek
clothing? Greek clothing

Answer: Any color of the rainbow was possible. Some colors, such as purple,
were more expensive, and so less common, but more desirable. A lot of the images from ancient Greece seem to show clothes that are white. But beige or brown was more likely.

Question: What materials were used?

Answer: Wool, linen, cotton, and silk.

Question: Do you have any information on ancient Greek toys or

Answer: Click on daily life.

Question: show me a picture of a tunic

Answer: a man wearing a white tunic

Question: what did cassandra wear?

Answer: Click on the menu directory below and click on Cassandra.

Question: what did selene look like and how did she dress

Answer: Selene is a beautiful goddess who dresses in flowing gossamer and
moon beams. In her white hair she wears a crescent coronet. Selene is the head in the circle on the lower right.

Question: did they have seasonal clothing?

Answer: Not really. A chiton was the first layer. For their second layer
they wore a peplos. As a third layer a himation was worn or a girdle could be
worn under the chiton. For warmer seasons they wore fewer layers and for colder seasons they wore more layers.

Question: What kind of clothes did the Greeks wear to banquets or festivals?

Answer: Mostly the classical Greeks wore the same clothes but for really special occasions they might wear a special robe. To athletic events the men went nude.

Question: Where can i find info on ancient bra-like tops that were worn
by the women of ancient Crete, rome and greek?

Answer: The ancient women seem to have worn a triangular bandage for a
bra but I have little evidence of it. They also wore girdles of different shapes.

Question: what was the most famous type of clothing

Answer: The most famous clothing of the Ancient Greeks was no clothing
or nudity. For most cultures more and better clothing was a sign of status. But the Greeks thought that there was status in a beautiful body and it should be displayed.

Question: How did a priestess dress??

Answer: As the goddess served would have dressed. This usually was the
fanciest garb of the time. The priestesses had a lot of status and dresses accordingly.

Question: what clothing do they wear in festival and why

Answer: Better quality out of respect for their deities.

Question: what kind of clothing did artemis wear, and how would you make it?

Answer: Most of the goddesses wore imperishable garments woven by Athena
which you could not make. The ancinet Greeks pictured Artemis in a fine
chiton. This is merely two two-yard square pieces of material bound along
the top of the arms and tied at the waist.

Question: I need info on the dress of Queen Amalia

Answer: Queen Amalia was not a queen in ancient Greece. An interesting
page on later Greek costume, including that of queen Amalia is at:
Click here.

Question: what kind of cloth did hera wear

Answer: Cloth of clothes of a goddess could be almost anything including
gossamer, silk, wool, gold, or imperishable material which Athena wove.

Question: What would antigone have worn?

Answer: Antigone was a Mycenaean princess and might have worn clothes
similar to that seen on the snake goddess, a flounced skirt, tight girdle,
and vest-like blouse that reveals the breasts, but this dress seems to have
been worn by the Mycenaeans only for religious purposes. The Hagia Triada
Sarcophagus shows women wearing animal skin skirts with a tight blouse,
or a robe similar to a peplos. During the time of the writing of the play about Antigone
the women would have worn a peplos or chiton.

Question: can you show me a picture of an ancient greek wedding dress,PLEASE!

Answer: Click on Weddings.

Question: What special clothing was worn at ceremonies?

Answer: During the classical period the ceremonial clothing was just
a finer grade of material. During the Mycenaean period the flounced skirt
may have only been worn during ceremonies.

Question: Do we have a fair picture of ancient Greek women?

Answer: As a result their contributions have been overlooked, or assigned to men.
What is surprising is that women have not made more of an effort to record
these accomplishments. Even though women in ancient Greece were not
included in the formal system of education, there were many oppotunities
that they took advantage of. The result is that the women of ancient
Greece were some of the most accomplished women ever, in science and other
intellectual areas.

Question: What did servants wear?

Answer: The clothes of their country of origin.

Question: what kind of clothes and hair styles did the men have?

Answer: Men wore the same clothes as the women, but they tended
to wear the himation more and the peplos and chiton less. Sample

Question: who should i dress up to be on Greek Day as i am a female?

Answer: Nike. Wear a chiton and hold a victory wreath.

Question: I’m doing an article on fashion in ancient Greek for my school. Could you tell me what kind of clothes did Helen wear around the time of the Trojan War? Do you have any pictures?

Answer: Helen lived in the Mycenaean period. Homer does not seem to accurately describe the garments of this period and the classical Greeks used their contempories as models so they picture fashions of a much later time. You can review the Mycenean artifacts at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens to get an idea of the fashions of the ancient Mycenaeans.

Question: I have to do an article on greek fasion any suggestions?

Answer: Make and model your own chiton and sandals. Include a photo
in your article. Use crinkled gauze for the cloth. A light knit might be a possiblity. Try for different looks by folding and tying the garment in different ways.

Question: how to match clothe’s color with skin’s color

Answer: Skin color needs to be matched only when skin color is
important. Different clothes color provides possible contrasts.
Complementary colors are tense while supplementary colors relax. Colrs reflect mood and status but the rules can change with different cultures.

Question: did ancient greek women only wear chitons and peplos

Answer: Mostly, but they also wore himations, girdles, and other garments
including tunics.

Question: I need to put together a costume resembling a greek goddess. I need ideas!!! Help!!!

Answer: Make a peplos or chiton.

Question: What type of clothing did medusa were

Answer: Medusa

Question: why did the people clean their clothing?

Answer: In the Odyssey, Book VI, to Nausicaa Athena says:
“Here are your clothes all lying in disorder, yet
you are going to be married almost immediately, and should not
only be well dressed yourself, but should find good clothes for
those who attend you. This is the way to get yourself a good
name, and to make your father and mother proud of you. Suppose,
then, that we make tomorrow a washing day, and start at

Later Nausicaa argues with her father for washing thus:
“Papa dear, could you manage to let me have a good big waggon? I
want to take all our dirty clothes to the river and wash them.
You are the chief man here, so it is only right that you should
have a clean shirt when you attend meetings of the council.
Moreover, you have five sons at home, two of them married, while
the other three are good looking bachelors; you know they always
like to have clean linen when they go to a dance, and I have
been thinking about all this.”

Question: What kinds of patterns were used on the minoan clothes?

Answer: No trace of Minoan clothes remains so it must be studied by
reviewing how it is imaged on murals, seal stones, and other decorative arts.
Unfortunately what we see is more mysterious. The fancy flounced skirt in
evidence is much fancier than what one would expect. This result is easiest
to explain if only the highest aristocrats wore these and the others wore
nothing. Though these skirts are highly ornamented, the patterns are
geometric and abstract and consist mainly of rectangles and loops.
Here are some examples:

Question: what did a woman shopworker wear

Answer: Women did not work in a shop unless they were the relative of a shopowner. Women worked in the home. All citizens wore a peplos, chiton, or himation. Slaves wore the
clothes from their country of origin.

Question: what type of clothing did people wear within different classes

Answer: Colors and qualities differed by class but the basic clothes were
the same. Well-to-do wore purple and silk. Middle-class wore red and linen.
lower classes wore drab colors of wool or mixed fibers. But this was not a
universal rule. During the Mycenaean period there may have been three class, but there is some question about the composition of the classes. The highest class may have included priests, kings, and generals. The middle class may have include farmers, tradesmen, and craftsmen, The lowest class was probably slaves. In Sparta during the classical period there were two rulers, a citizen class, a perioeci or tradesman class, and a helot or serf class. There were also personal slaves of the citizens. In Athens there were only citizens and slaves. Citizens and those born in Greece wore chitons and peplos, with the higher classes wearing the finer materials and colors. Slaves from other countries wore the garb of their country.

Question: what was the clothing that the men of the Mycenaean culture wore?

Answer: The dress of Mycenaean and Minoan cultures are believed to be

Question: who do you think came up with the idea that the female
could use clothes to control sexual stimulation.

Answer: The early scuptures contain marks which emphasize the pubic
area. The suspicion is that the first garments were talismans to
reinforce female power. Aprons were worn to reinforce this idea after
clothes were more common. Garments were objects of devotion because
of the power that they held.

Question: i need to know for a school assignment what was the difference
in clothing between athenian and spartan women?

Answer: They wore the same basic garments but the Spartan women were
very plain while the Athenian women were much more luxurious.

Question: What was the accepted color for the wedding gown and veil

Answer: Red

Question: cloth_q=The accepted colors for women

Answer: Women were not restricted to certain colors.

Question: what did they wear on the top half of their body

Answer: During the Minoan period both men and women commonly wore nothing
on the top half of their body. Women covered themselves with a vest or
girdle. Men wore a tunic or robe. Later on mainland Greece men wore a
himation and women wore a peplos or chiton, though both sexes commonly wore
both these garments. Tunics and girdles were also worn. A girdle varied
from a tunic-like garment, to an apron, or a belt, or even a sash.

Question: what was the latest trend in ancent greece

Answer: Ancient Greece was a very fast paced society and things changed
constantly. These changing styles are documented in the art of ancient
Greece. The particular style depends on the date.

Question: Please could you send me details and pictures of what thw Ancient Greeks wore as underwear and what they wore in bed .

Answer: They did not wear underwear. They may not have worn anything to bed or they may often have slept in their clothes depending on the temperature. In the following picture both Ismene seem to be without clothes though they have just been in bed:
Tydeus and Ismene

Question: name of forehead band worn by ancient athenians

Answer: kerkryphylona, sakkos, sphendonei,
stephanei, taenia were the names of scarves worn.

Question: how does greek women wear compare today with what women wear

Answer: The clothes worn by the ancient Greek ladies were simple, flowing
garments that were revealing, and have inspired artists for over two
thousand years. The clothes of today are much more complicated, often conform
to the body, and are not that inspiring to artists. In fact many artists
would rather paint women naked than with modern clothes.

Question: what were the key accsessories worn in roman/greek times?

Answer: In Greek times accessories included scarves, belts, sashes, sandals
and jewelry. Jewelry included Necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, armbands, thigh bands, finger rings, wreaths, diadems, and other elaborate hair ornaments.

Question: What clothing was worn by royalty in ancient greek.

Answer: There was essentially no royalty in ancient Greece. But to see what they
would have worn just study the images of the Gods and Goddesses. They were
always dressed in the finest garments.

Question: were greek womeprohibited from wearing certain colors?

Answer: Greek women were free of this type of prohibition.

Question: how did they find there clothing

Answer: Most people wore the same clothing all the time. The clothing
consisted of two or more rectangles of cloth, so it was easy to replace.
The style of the clothing was how it was tied or ornamented.

Question: How was clothing influenced by society, it’s structure and values, and culture?

Answer: Clothing and societal values are closely related. The first clothes
were worn for their symbolic power and not because of the elements. Women
wore a girdle over their pubic region to help them get pregnant. Later
skirts were worshipped as representing the divine. When a women wears
clothes to cover her modesty she is making a statement about societal values.
In ancient Greek clothes on women and nude males was a statement of
cultural identity. The Greek clothing also represents an interest in the shape of the body as their clothing is often revealing.

Question: How could you tell who was rich and who was poor by their clothing?


  • Color was a factor. Purple cost the most. Red was expensive. yellow from saffron may have been third. Other colors were less expensive.
  • Cloth was a factor. Silk cost the most. Cotton was expensive, Linen was
    next, wool was least expensive.
  • Jewelry was the most important factor. Cost and amount indicated wealth.
  • The wealthiest had lots of slaves to wash and iron.
  • The wealthiest kept horses and drove chariots.
  • The wealthiest had large houses with large gardens.

Question: How were they wash there clothes

Answer: They put the clothes in clean water where they were agitated. Then
they rinsed them and layed them out to dry.

Question: Is there a particular time period?

Answer: the time periods covered here include neolithic, bronze, archaic,
classic, and hellenistic. Nothing about Rome is covered. The Minoan,
Mycenaean, Archaic, and Classical civilizations are emphasized.

Question: how has ths type of dress influenced contempory way of dressing?

Answer: Greek dress became the dress of angels and priests. Wedding dresses
often resemble Greek clothes. Olympic festivities often include ancient
Greek dress. Greek drapery is often considered very feminine. Contemporary clothing often is revealing for the same reason the ancint Greeks liked revealing clothing.

Question: How did the Gods dress

Answer: The gods and goddesses have the ability to shift their shape
and adapt their dress to the tastes and needs of their clients. The question
may more relate to how they dressed for each other. For almost two thousand
years the gods and goddesses of Greece have been portrayed without any clothes at all
even though the ancient Greeks protrayed them usually with clothes. The
ancient Greek concept of the heroic nude, developed in the context of their
athletic events, encouraged this portrayal. The nudity of a god or goddess also has
the symbolic meaning of purity.

Of course when a god or goddess dresses for good effect they dress in the
finest garments. Precious materials of high value are mentioned. But
even silk is not fine enough for the divine. Gossamer is the material of
choice. Mortals cannot begin to deal with this material which can only be
woven by spiders under divine control. Gossamer cannot even be worn by
mortals. When it is worn by an immortal it has a divine effect.

Clothing has never been a problem for the gods and goddesses. Athena
makes it for most of them. And when she makes it, it is often imperishable and
never needs replacement.

Question: Why did the Greeks wear such simple clothing?

Answser: It was part of their culture, it was comfortable, and it was
easy to make.

Question: what is a Brassiere

Answer: A brassiere is an undergarment a women wears to support and give contours to her breasts. It seems to be a French developement. But the concept is consistent with the ancient Greek desire to reveal the shape of the body. And the word has an Indo-European root ‘mreghu-‘, ‘short’.

Question: What was the jelery made from?

answer: jewelry was made from silver and gold and precious and seiprecious
stones. Ivory and shell were also used.

Question: what did queens wear

Answer: During the heroic period queens wore the standard garb of a
priestess. This included a fancy flounced skirt, a girdle and a vest that
exposed the breasts. During the archaic and classical periods there were
few, if any queens in Greece. But goddesses were pictured as dressed like
queens. The wore a peplos or chiton of fine cloth.

Question: How do we know that the Mycenaens ahd a similar dress to the Minoans?

Answer: We have discovered murals from both cultures.

Question: What fashions did the Mycenaeans have and how do we kow this?

Answer: What follows are some illustration of Mycenaean fashions.

Question: do you have any images of the ancient greek costumes that men wore when playing the role of wemon in ancient greek theater?


Question: Please define “diploidion” and “himation” thouroughly

Answer: A diploidion is a small double cloak. A himation is a large scarf or wrap.

Question: what kind of clothing would Clytemnestra, Wife of King agamemnon wear?

Answer: Clytemnestra was a Mycenaean queen. See Mycenaean Antiquities

Question: How did they carry there money if they had no pockets

Answer: They carried money in small bags or sacks. youth carrying money bag before a group of pots


Answer: Clothes did not reveal social class but jewelry did.

Question: I have to dress up as Nausicaa for a school project. What would you recommend I wear and how would I make it?

Answer: The most authentic costume would be Mycenaean dress:

But you could also use a peplos or a chiton.

Question: Did the ancient Greeks wear anything like underwear, such as the “loincloth” worn by Israelites?

Answer: No.

Question: Need picture of rich athenian lady


Question: What do the women where is the summer when the wheather is very hot

Answer: They wore light material and stayed out of the sun. Most Greek homes
were provided with a porch surrounding a courtyard. The women stayed in the
shade of the porch while they worked.

Question: I would like to know the type of clothing middle class Greek wore. What color and type of fabric were they?

Answer: All Greeks wore the same clothing, chiton, peplos, or himation. All
but the wealthiest wore wool.

Question: how do you make a replica of aniceint greek clothing with a sheet?

Answer: You will have little success with a sheet. A sheet is the wrong
shape and too stiff. See making and wearing a peplos

The best material is a gauze. Silk is best but cotton is acceptable.
Wool can be made to work but it is hard to find wool gauze. Greek clothes
seem to have the texture of a fine silk nightgown.

Question: How did Acincient Greeks wash their clothes?

Answer: They located a pool of fresh water that was rapily repenishing
itself. They immersed the clothes in the water an worked them with their hands.
Then they rinsed them in the fresh water and wrung the water out of them.
Finally they laid them out to dry on the grass in the sun. Sometimes they included a little olive oil in the process.

Question: What did poor greeks wear

Answer: All Greeks wore the same style of clothes. It was part of their
national identity. Poor people wore clothes made of poorer cloth and less
color. They also wore cheap jewelry.

Question: What is a pelops?

Answer: peplos misspelled.

Question: could you show me some pictures of casual ancient Greek clothing(men & women) please

Answer: There was no casual as opposed to formal clothes in ancient Greece. They were all the same.

Question: what is one item that ancient greek actors would wear on stage in a tragedy?

Answer: A mask was almost always worn because it identified the character
and helped the actor project his voice.

Question: what about amazons clothing worn in battle

Answer: Amazons wore the same clothing as the men at the time. The main armor during the Trojan war was leather. Most of the warriors wore leather helmets, shields, cuirass, apron, and greaves.

Question: Who made the clothing that men and women wore?

Answer: Mainly the women.

Question: Did Greek children wear anything besides nudity

Answer: Typically the ancient Greek children wore no clothes and were
absolutely nude until they wer about 5. Then they wore adult clothes.

Question: Greetings: An excellent historical novelist uses pleats/folds as a central image for a 15th-c. courtesan on Cyprus (& Rhodes) who is explicitly compared to Aphrodite & who has pleated hair, pleat-like dimples, intricate clothing, etc. Are there any classical sources specifically linking pleats with Aphrodite (or other goddesses)? Literary, visual-arts, or what? TIA…

Answer: First establish what pleated hair looks like. There are few references to it. But here is one: Pleated hair. Here is a verbal description: Steps to make Simple Pleat Hairstyle

  • Divide off a section of hair at the front an dleave it free. Smooth with a little serum. Take the remaining hair into one hand, as if you were going to make a ponytail.
  • Twist the handful of hair tightly from left to right.
  • When the twist is taut, turn the hair upwards, to form a pleat. Use your other hand to help smooth the pleat and at the same time neaten the top by tucking in the ends.
  • Secure the pleat with hair scross or pins. Take the reserved front section, bring it back and secure it at the top of the pleat, allowing the ends to fall free.

Mariano Fortuny designed some wonderful gowns cetainly fit for a goddess with pleats. You can see an example at Heilbrun Timeline of Art History.

From the translation of the ancient Greeks you might conclude that though pleats are not found on goddesses, braids are. But the words translated merely mean that the goddesses had beautiful hair. There were sacred dresses but they were not necessarily pleated. The ancient Minoan skirts were flounced rather than pleated. But even this may be an illusion as the skirts may have been merely string. The classical Greek peplos looked to be ruffled rather than pleated. But beauty was an important quality of women and goddesses. A goddess would be expected to wear the most fashionable garb of the time. And styles changed dramatically. Pleats might have been stylish at some point.

Question: Were the grrks geatly influenced by the romans at that time?

Answer: The Greeks were not influenced by the Roman at all until the Romans
conquered Greece. The Greeks were greatly influential on the Romans even late
intop the Roman Empire. The Greeks became the professionals of ancient Rome
including the doctors and teachers.

Question: Did woman were bras and panties

Answer: No. They did not. They did wear girdles though.

Question: What is Eris, goddess of discod and strife clothings?


Question: When was the pet asus worn?

Answer: Travelers wore the petasos. It worked like an umbrella to shield
off the sun and rain.

Question: What colors did the greeks use to dye there clothing

Answer: Every color of the rainbow. There were many natural substances used that varied a lot in value.

Question: How did Greek physicians dress?

Answer: No special dress. They might be recognized by their staff. They would carry the staff of Aesclepius, a staff with a snake wrapped around it. The caduceus of Hermes was not used by doctors as a symbol until about the 7th century AD.

Question: What colors were used?

Answer: All colors were used. Purple was associated with the wealthy and
royalty; red was associated with weddings; white with death and black with
birth. Fabrics were all woven on weight warped looms. Wool, linen, cotton and
silk. Some fabrics were almost transparent.

Question: What was the style in ancient Greek

Answer: What is called the classical style is often attached to Ancient
Greece. This is the style imaged on the Parthenon. During the modern period
there has oftem been a Neo-Classical Revival and this is the style that is
copied. This style involves soft flowing fabrics that hug the skin and drape
beautifully over the body. But the Greeks were a dynamic people who changed
styles frequently. They did stick to similar structures with the flounced
skirt in heroic times, the peplos in archaic times and the chiton in classical
times. With this base many combinations of belts, ties, ties, jewelry, and
hairdos were tried. We can study the styles by reviewing images on pottery
from various dates.

Question: I need your hlep agin. I need you to tell my about hats and hair.You now with it for.Thank you!

Answer: Hair has its own page. There were many kinds of hats: petasos, tholia, kausian. Women wore a number of hair coverings but most were bands.

Question: What did soldiers wear?

Answer: Helmet, tunic, cuirass, apron, greaves, sandals.

Question: Who do you do your clothing do you buy your clothing or you make it. When you get it. I am doing a project of social studies and I need your hlep. Thank you.

Answer: I make the ancient Greek clothing. I am making a manikin so I can
better demonstrate how it is made. You cannot wear accurate Greek clothing in
public today.

Question: What type of clothing was worn to festivals?

Answer: The clothing normally illustrated was festival clothing. They saved
their clothing by not wearing any when they did not need to. Women did not
appear nude in public but they would not be arrested if they did. Men often
appeared nude in public and sometimes went nude to a festival.

Question: what wuld a simple yet not skimpy peice of girl’s clothing look like?

Answer: The ancient Greeks were not pictured in a simple garment. The
following is one of the simplest: Servant girl. Clothes were for
special occaisions. When they did not need them they took them off. The
women did not wear anything skimpy. When they wanted to be revealing they
wore garments that were almost transparent. The basic structure of their
garments was quite simple. They were basically two squares of material
fastened at the shoulders. The complexity resulted in how they were folded,
tied, belted, or gathered.

Question: what would rich women wear in ancient Greece?

Answer: Expensive cloth and jewelry of silver and gold.

Question: Cabn you show me a picture of a child wereing adult (color please)

Answer: Click here

Question: What kinds of symbols or embroidery did Megarians wear?

Answer: A specific answer could not be found. The Megarans were proverbial for their generosity in building and endowing temples. Megara was known for textiles.


Answer: The ceramics are fairly precisely dated and are often illustrated
with women. Most often goddesses are portrayed.

Question: What do greek women wear every day

Answer: The most common dress for the average ancient Greek woman was
probably nothing. They took their clothes off as often as possible to save
their peplos and chitons for good. What we see in the ancient images is
women dressed up.

Question: what clothes did ancient greek servants wear(discription, not images)?

Answer: If the servant got to wear any clothes at all they wore the clothes
of their country of origin. If they were Greek, they wore the same peplos,
chiton, or himation that the rest of the Greeks wore.

Question: bra

Answer: There were no bras in ancient Greece.

Question: What would Sppho have wore?

Answer: A peplos. Some ancients regarded Sappho as a muse so an image of a Muse might be helpful.

Question: what are some of the cloths that people wore in old Greece times, such as Antigone and Haemon

Answer: They would have worn Mycenaean dress.

Question: What was casual clothing for both men and weman during Ancient Greece?

Answer: Clothing was much more expensive and it is very likely most people
had only one change of clothing. For most people dressing down meant going
without that one change and being nude.

Question: what is the name of the head pieces called? the one with the leaves

Answer: The English word is wreath but in Greek it is ‘στέφανος’. Different leaves were used depending upon the god or goddess being honored. There is also ‘καταστεφής’ — ‘katastephes’ — deck with garlands, crowned, wreath.

Question: What are the materials used for their accesories? (belts, shoes, etc…)

Answer: Leather is prominent but there is also wood, ivory, bronze, silver
and gold.

Question: what did the poor people in Ancient Greece where for clothes

Answer: Poor people sometimes went without clothes to save their clothes for
good. All people wore the same style clothes, but women wore it in a feminine way and men wore it in a masculine way. Material, hair-style, and jewelry were all important.

Question: what did the greeks cosmetics look like.

Answer: Cosmetics were gound pigments mixed with bees wax and olive oil
or perhaps animal fats such as lanolin. They were kept in small clay jars.
Greek ladies used cosmetics very sparingly. Earth colors such as indian red, ochre, manganese black, and carbon black were common.

Question: what kind of footwear do most Greeks wear?

Answer: Sandals

Question: how to make ancient greek cloths.

Answer: Ancient Greek ladies wove the cloth on warp weighted looms which
they made themselves. The used wool, linen, cotton and silk fibers. As
illustrated by the cloths on ceramics, the cloth was exceptionally fine
sometimes incoporating elaborate designs. Their references to gossamer
suggest the finess of their goal. Sometimes the fabrics were almost
transparent. The suppleness of the fabric was also exceptional. Artists are
still inspired by the fine qualities of ancient Greek fabric. Rectangles of cloth were woven. All the garments were made from these rectangles. See making a peplos.

Question: what did spartan males wear?

Answer: All people in Greece wore essentially the same clothes. See above.

Question: what do the greek wear when dancing?

Answer: Some wore street clothes and some like to dance nude. Pictures:

Question: I can not find any pictures of Minoan dresses. Where can I find

Question: Do you have data on childrens clothind

Answer: There was no clothing for children. They went naked until they
could wear adult clothes.

Question: did ancient greek oracles wear clothes


Question: did rich poeple and poor people wear different clothes?

Answer: The style did not differ. The jewelry, material, and color
differed. The richest wore purple, lesser rich wore red, and the poor wore
other colors. The richest wore silk, lesser rich wore cotton and the poor
wore wool, linen, and hemp. The richest wore silver jewelry, the less rich
wore gold, and the poor wore bronze jewelry.


Answer: They wore every color of the rainbow. Their dress was much more
colorful than they are depicted wearing.

Question: Im doing a project and I need to know how to make a Pelop and
chiton as soon as posible!

Answer: peplos,
peplos2, a chiton
is tied along the top rather than pinned as is the peplos. The peplos
is made of a heavy material and the chiton is a light material.

Question: what kind of belts did women in ancient greece wear?

Answer: They wore a thong, rope, or cord as a belt. How this is fastened
is not at all clear. I would assume it was tied, but the fastening is not
exposed. It seems like it is just wound around itself as no knot is

Question: Who made the clothes in ancient Athens?

Answer: Most of the clothes were made by women.

Question: what clothes did greek men and women wear during the Classical period

Answer: Mainly women wore chitons and men wore tunics or himations but
both wore tunics, chitons, peplos, and himations.

Question: What did girls about the age of 11 wear

Answer: A girl of 11 was considered a woman and wore woman’s clothes.

Question: do you have any pictures of girls today dressed up in greek
clothing? for like a costume or something?

Answer: Costumes

Question: Did women wear panties?

Answer: No they did not. Underwear was developed in the ninteenth century
for reasons of health.

Question: could you please point me in the right direction to find patterns
on how to make togas

Answers: No. The ancient Greeks did not make or wear togas.

Question: Did the style of clothing differ for each of the social classes

Answer: No.

Question: clothes did greek wear for summer and winter

Answer: During the summer Greeks may not have worn any clothes. During the
winter they wore a peplos over their chiton. For more warmth they threw a
himation over that.

Question: what cape colors did noble wemone were.

Answer: Ancient Greek women wore every color of the rainbow. But purple
was very expensive and only the very rich could wear it. Red was less
expensive so it was more common than purple but less common than other colors.

Question: how were the clothes coloured & which pigments were used?

Answer: The fabrics were dyed with natural stains. These stains are
made from bark, fungi, some vegetables, insects, and snails. Except for some
very bright colors, almost any color was possible.

Question: Can you show me a picture of the mantle that they wore in that era?

Answer: In the Odyssey of Homer, book 7, line 234 the word ‘φᾶρός’ (pharos) is translated as ‘mantle’, but it can also be translated as ‘shroud’.

Question: What is a himation?

Answer: Essentially, it is a large scarf worn over the shoulders.

Question: What is the word used for fashonable clothing?

Answer: ‘καλλῐπεπλος’ is a word most likely used by the ancient Greeks. It means ‘beautifully robed’. The notion of fashion may be quite modern but was foreign to the ancient Greeks. Such things were idealized by them into a concept of beauty.

Question: bra

Answer: Bra’s were not worn in ancient Greece. If a female’s breasts needed
support then a triangular bandage was worn.

Question: what kind of clothes did the noble people wear?

Answer: Everyone wore the same clothes style. Color was important. Purple
was the most expensive while red was second. Other colors were less expensive.
Silk was the most expensive fabric, with cotton second. Wool and lined were
cheaper. But mainly higher class people wore expensive jewelry.

Question: what did Greek women wear for there wedding?

Answer: A red peplos or chiton or even a red peplos over a red chiton.

Question: what did Hades wear?

Answer: A deity can wear nothing or anything and they can change their
appearance at will. They were not recognized by their looks but rather
by the symbols that they carried. An ancient artist pictured them as
handsome and richly dressed versions of local people. See a picture of Hades at Hades and Persephone in a palace

Question: What is/are corthornous

Answer: Buskin (Brodequin, Corthurnus, Korthornos) is a high-healed boot
that came high up the leg. It was laced up the front. This boot seems to
have affected the actor’s walk and was commonly used in the theater. It was supposed to affect the actor’s walk in a sexy way.

Question: What was considered attractive on women in ancient Greece that
would be considered UNattractive on women today?

Answer: None of the gowns, peplos or chiton, are considered attractive
today and young women will not wear them. Dressing without a bra is also
considered unattractive today but the ancient women did it. Tatoos are
attractive today but no Greek woman ever wore them. the ancient Greeks had more of an idea of revealing the body underneath while today the body is often hidden and reforemed by the clothing worn.

Question: My daughter is studying Ancient Greece from 2500 – 3000 B.C.E.
She had to make a chiton from this time period. We sewed one last night out
of pink material, and today her teacher said that during this time period
ONLY white chitons were worn. Is this correct? In our research it
seems that every color was worn. What color chitons were worn during
this time?

Answer: Chitons were only worn from about 900 BCE to 100 BCE. Before this
women commonly wore skin skirts or string skirts that were knotted. Breasts were left
uncovered. Skin skirts were never white. Even chitons were rarely white.
Pink is not a good choice because red was an expensive and exotic color. The most
likely colors are earth colors. Cotton produced a white material but none of the other fibers were white. There is little information about the dress during the period 3000-2500 BCE (5000 to 4500 years ago).

Greek dress was assumed white because the Greeks had white marble to work
with. After the marble statues had been around for a few hundred years the
white color of the marble was all that was seen even though the statues were
originally painted. The chromatic paintings from ancient Greece are all lost.
It was also believed that the white color suited their ideal attitude toward
life. In fact white, to the ancient Greeks, was the color of death. The
frescos from the Minoan culture preceeding classical Greece are quite colorful:
Minoan dress

Question: What are the differences between the diplax, the himation and the
ampechonion? I have read all your information and scrutinised many photographs,
but cannot discern real differences.

Answer: A diplax is a double folded mantle or cloak. ‘Himation’ is a more
general term. Specificially it is an outer garment , cloak or mantle worn
above a chiton, but it also refers to clothes, in general. An ampechone (ἀμπεχόνη is a
fine upper garment or shawl.

Question: I am looking for anything about the use of encaustic technique in ancient Aegean area, and if any on fabrics. Did they use any kind of silk?

Homer mentions embroidery. The wax resist dying technique has been documented in Egypt in the 4th century BCE History of batik.

Silk was common in ancient Greece. Most of the silk came from China on the silk road. An exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York deals with this. They exhibit some of the things that Greece traded for silk. It seems unlikely that the silk that came to Greece was decorated because we see no Oriental designs amongst the pictures of garments that were made. The filmy garments that are common in Greek art are most likely silk. But there was some native silk produced from local insects. This was generally inferior to the silk from China. Here are some links about this:

Question: Were the Ancient Greeks’ clothing simliar to those of the Ancient Romans? What did the men and women wear at night? Can you show me a picture of a typical men and women nightgown or pajamas..whatever they had? Thanks. Please try to email the answer back to me.

Answer: The Greek Culture was one that was very fluid and adaptable. Clothing styles and construction changed dramatically over time. During the end of the classical Greek period their influence was wide and many people followed their custom. At this time the fashions of both cultures were similar. But as you move away from these times forward or back the fashions differ more and more.

The above images relate to sleeping and beds. The suggestion is that
wealthy people slept on beds on long legs high off the floor away from vermin.
Less wealthy slept on cushions and the least wealthy slept on furs or blankets
as Odysseus did in the Odyssey. No special bed clothing is evident. In the
warm weather they slept in the nude and in the cold weather they slept in
their street clothing. It would have been rare for people to sleep alone.
Several family members would sleep in the same room. Or a mistress would
sleep on a bed while her servants slept on the floor. Men seemed to prefer
the women to be nude in bed so they could have sex with them easier. The
pictures represent not so much actual practice as what the artist considered
ideal. Maenads are often pictured nude and sleeping because they were then
available for sex. This cannot be considered the typical situation for women
as they normally slept together in one room.

Question: How do classical Athens women (4th or 5th century in Athens) dress accordingly to social class? (upper, middle, lower, slaves). How do their hairstyle, dresses, jewelry indicate which social class they are from? Would you please provide a couple of pictures with links if possible?

Answer: Everyone wore the same style of clothing. Class was indicated by hair length (slaves wore short hair), color of clothing (purple was very expensive, red was expensive, other bright colors were cheaper. Dull earth colors were cheapest), Type of fabric ( Silk was ost expensive, cotton next, linen and wool least expensive.), and jewely (Silver was most expensive, gold next, then brass, then copper. How the women adorned herserself reflected her personality. Greek women had many options.

The first two images illustrate the difference between masters and servants. In the third the goddess dresses as the highest class. The dress in the images of myths are reflective of dress at the time the images were made.

Question: what were their clothing made of? Did the patterns on their clothe mean anything if so what did the patterns mean?

Answer: Mostly the ancient Greek clothing was made of wool. During the Bronze Age and earlier many clothing items were made of skins. Also linen made from flax was common. When the Greeks were able to trade by the sea they brought cotton from Egypt. This was more expensive. But the most expensive was silk. Native silk was available and some silk came from China over the silk road. But the Greeks had no idea of the Chinese and the Chinese had no idea of the Greeks. Most of the silk probably came to Greece via the Phoenecians. They may have also gotten silk by trad with the eastern edge of the Black Sea. The main stops on the silk road were Damascus, Bagdad, Tehran, Merv, Burkahara, Samarkind, Kashar, Hotan, Lop Nur, Dun huang, and finally Xi Oan. I do not have the old names of these cities.

None of the clothing from ancient Greece has survived. All we have are pictures of clothing on vase paintings. What we see there are images just like the others on vase paintings. They seemed to have preferred illustrations of their myths. But the ancient Greek painting is remarkable for the breadth of its subject matter and included many images of everyday life. But they did prefer paintings of people to paintings of their environment.

Question: Did the ancient greeks wear different clothes for holidays than they usually
did? if so, what kind of clothes did they wear?

Answer: This seems very likely. Some people had no clothes and were slaves. Many had only one change of clothes and even slept in them. The wealthier people, who had more than one change of clothes wore their best. This was especially true if there was a procession involved. Some clothing was sacred and that might be worn by the priests or priestesses. The following picture shows some people in a procession.

Question: Im doing a reserach paper on The Role of Fashion During Ancient Greece and i need examples of fashion cited in the book you have any?

Answer: The challenge of fashions cited in the Iliad is that they may represent the heroic period or they may represent the time of Homer. It seems that they represent the time of Homer because he uniformily references peplos for women and chiton for men. We think that the heroic period is the same as the Mycenaean period but we are not certain. These is an article with reconstructions of the clothing of the Mycenaean period at New Reconstructions of the “Mykenaia” and a Seated Woman from Mycenae. These reconstructions are not perfect because they do not deal with the method of construction of these garments. The reason why this is import is that rapid progress was being made in the development of weaving and it is not clear what weaving technique was used with these garments. The fact that Homer references peplos and chiton suggests that the garments that he references were made using the warp weighted looms that were available at his time.

Within the Iliad itself there are an number of references to other garments:

  • diplas — δίπλαξ — double folded mantle, helen, Iliad 3.125
  • Kestos, κεστός – embroidery on a girdle and somtimes a brassiere. Iliad, 14.214, πολύκεστος: richly embroidered, cf. “κεστὸν ἱμάντα
  • kredemnon – κρήδεμνον – a veil or mantilla with lappets or flaps. Iliad 14.184.
  • zone – ζώνῃ – ‘girdle’ from Indo-European ‘i̯ō[u]s-‘, ‘To gird’. Iliad 2.448

Notice that a veil is not usually a woven fabric but rather is knotted. In the development of fabric it can be assumed that the order was probably: spinning, knotting, weaving. The first skirts were probably string loosely knotted then more tightly knotted then finally woven. But knotting continued to be used for veils and lace.

The Indo-European culture seems to have had early knowledge of weaving. The Indo-European culture had a strong influence on the Mycenaean. The Mycenaean culture seems to have been dependent upon weavng for the trade it did. But we do not know if the Minoan culture had their influence also. Some of the clothing terms seem to have Indo-European roots and some do not so the nature of the influence is not easy to determine.

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