In this study Larissa Bonfante traces the development of Etruscan dress from the eighth to the fifth century B.C.E., using as evidence actual remnants of costumes, sculptures and other artistic representations, and literary passages dealing with the subject. Bonfante explores Near Eastern influences on Etruscan dress as well as the relationships of Greek and Roman styles to Etruscan styles. She also addresses the problem of determining which garments were actually worn and which were only artistic conventions. In addition, by tracing the origin of each style of dress, she provides a chronology of Etruscan relations with the Near East and the cities of Greece.
For this paperback edition, an updated bibliographical essay discusses the latest research and discoveries in the field.
Larissa Bonfante is a professor of classics at New York University. She is the author of Etruscan Mirrors and Etruscan Life and Afterlife.
Contents:Introduction Chronological Table of Greek and Etruscan Dress1. Fabrics and Patterns 2. Perizoma and Belts 3. Chiton and Tunic 4. Mantles 5. Shoes 6. Hats, Hair Styles, and Beards 7. Foreign Influences and Local Styles Appedix I: Strange Costumes and Special Problems Appendix II: Vocabulary