The general consensus is that culturing milk to produce yogurt originated about 6000-7000 years ago in Central Asia and that it may have been introduced to Western Europe via Turkey . It may have been known in Ancient Greece as oxygala (oxy meaning sour or vinegar, gala meaning milk), or this may have been a … Continue reading Yogurt
At an event yesterday, the issue of period chairs was brought up. I said I didn't think there was a way to make Greek folding chairs, thinking of the klismos, to fold flat without really modifying the chair, but even as I was saying this, something was nagging the back of my mind, and that … Continue reading Greek Chairs
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit a variety of Greek museums and archeological sites during our trip this October. Links to my shared albums are below. These are in no way exhaustive for the collections, and some museums restricted what you could photograph. Acropolis of Athens Archeological Site Acropolis Museum in Athens National Archaeological … Continue reading Photos from Greece
Buttons in Ancient Greece are fascinating because there is an assumption that they were used, and yet few extant items exist. It can be quite frustrating to accept the premise that we should be using buttons on our chitons and yet not know what it should look like when we do. First, let's start with … Continue reading Button, button, who’s got the button?
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