My Visit My Collection Search Help
Language: Go
Text Version
Contents
Personal Appearance and Clothing
Previous Next
Library Library
Beauty and Cosmetics

Article

Glossary

himation

a rectangular cloth draped over the left shoulder and about the body of men and women in ancient times

kohl

cosmetic preparation used to darken eyelashes and eyelids

Tanagra statues

type of statue distinguished by a diversity of shapes, portraying ladies in general; they stand in a posture usually seen in statues of philosophers, especially Sophocles, where the body weight is supported on one leg while the other leg is slightly bent; named after the small town of Tanagra, Greece, where many similar statues were found

Send to a Friend Send to a Friend Add to My Collection Add to My Collection
Fashionable Women of Alexandria
Listen ‫IBM Text-to-speech

Alexandrian women in Greco-Roman times were beautiful, intelligent, and elegant. They followed the latest in fashion and cosmetics and took good care of themselves. This was easy to do because Alexandria was a big commercial center that captured the world's interest in culture and trade and offered a lot of luxury as in the theater.

Fashion is related to the economic state of a city. When Alexandria was booming, it reflected on the way women revealed their beauty with garments. Historical sculpture, called Tanagra statues, show the magnificence of the garments worn by the women of the time.

They had great colors and were made of two or three pieces. One statue depicts a lady wearing a blue dress with a shawl and a hairstyle similar to one from modern times. Sometimes women would wear a blue himation, a rectangular cloth draped over the left shoulder and about the body, along with a straw hat, which was very attractive.

They obtained jewelry from India and Arabia, used kohl to beautify their eyes, and tried different hairstyles to highlight their faces. They also watched their figures but without the help of weight-loss guides or accurate scale measurements.

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Greco-Roman
Topics Topics

Topics:

Family
Crafts
Society and Culture
Clothing
Sites & Museums Sites & Museums
Connections Connections
Portrait Head of a Woman, Possibly Berenice the Second
Portrait Head of a Woman, Possibly Berenice the Second

Headless Statuette of a Woman
Headless Statuette of a Woman

Tanagra-Style Terra-Cotta of Young Girl
Tanagra-Style Terra-Cotta of Young Girl

Tanagra Statuette of a Girl Wearing Blue Himation
Tanagra Statuette of a Girl Wearing Blue Himation

Roman Auditorium
Roman Auditorium

Small Heads of Women
Small Heads of Women

About Eternal Egypt Eternal Egypt Screensaver Terms of Use Contact Us
© Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.