I have stated before that I did not know what to call the accessory that ties back the sleeves of a chiton in my original discussion about girdles and continued to use the term shoulder harness in my update after visiting Greece. This morning, I was working through checking the Greek description of a plaque … Continue reading Himantes
This previous post provides a detailed survey of the information I have found on Greek belting. Something we know from the evidence is that women's chitons are frequently girdled under the bust with something that looks like a cord, and that sleeved chitons frequently use a shoulder harness, probably another cord, to pull back the … Continue reading Girdle Update
This is a fantastic article. I really recommend it if you want to do Ancient Greek clothing correctly. The chiton (short chiton: chitoniskos) shown in the article and the chlamys look true to period and would be appropriate for most Greeks. I want to emphasize the draping of the chlamys. There is an SCA garment … Continue reading 4th century BCE Macedonian Soldier Clothing
This blog post was upgraded into a page all of its own and can now be found here: Pleat-and-band Ionian Chiton.
Edit: Some fantastic conversations have lead me to add a few clarifications to this piece, because Greek is already confusing enough! I told my husband today that I needed to order new linen and wool because I've been doing it all wrong. The more you research, the more you realize that what is presented most … Continue reading Put A Pin In It
I found this gem while researching zone and felt I needed to write it down. In short, Hera wants to beguile Zeus by making herself alluring and so she puts on a tassel belt. "ζώσατο δὲ ζώνῃ ἑκατὸν θυσάνοις ἀραρυίῃ..." Zone -- girdle. Thysanois -- tassels. Hera wore a tassel belt (or a belt with … Continue reading Tassel Belts and the Iliad
In case you didn't guess from the title, this article is about Greek girdles. There is a standard "harnessing" style in the SCA using a rope belt to go over the shoulders then down the torso and around the waist and possibly even to the hips, similar to this image of Lucilla from Gladiator. I … Continue reading Gird Thy Grecian Loins