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Author Rollason, N. K., author.

Title Gifts of clothing in late antique literature / N.K. Rollason
Published London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (203 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Threads of history: Clothing gifts in Greek and Roman society before Late Antiquity; 2 Weaving a tranquil work of peace? Clothing gifts in late antique diplomacy; 3 Portable portraits: Consular trabeae and figural decorations in Late Antiquity; 4 Holy habits: Clothing gifts in late antique Christian contexts; 5 Drawing the threads together: Conclusions; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Both clothing and gifts in the ancient world have separately been the subject of much scholarly discussion because they were an integral part of Greek and Roman society and identity, creating and reinforcing the relationships which kept a community together, as well as delineating status and even symbolising society as a whole. They have, however, rarely been studied together despite the prevalence of clothing gifts in many ancient texts. This book addresses a gap in scholarship by focusing on gifts of elite male clothing in late antique literature in order to show, that when they appeared in texts, these items were not only functioning in an historical or 'real-life' sphere but also as a literary space within which authors could discuss ideas of social relationships and authority. This book suggests that authors used items which usually formed part of the costume of authority of the period--the trabea of the consul, the chlamys of the imperial court and the emperor, and the pallium of the Christian bishops--to 'over-write' wearers and donors as confident figures of 'official' authority when this may have been open to doubt"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Gifts -- History -- To 1500
Men's clothing -- History -- To 1500
Greece -- Social life and customs -- Sources
Rome -- Social life and customs -- Sources
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315584719