Chapter II. Roman, Greece and Egypt. The Corset and the Crinoline.
Classical Antiquity. Footwear. Fashions and Customs. Calceus, Ocrea, Caliga, Campagus, Crepida, Solea, Pero, Ceremonial shoes, Runner’s boots, Lace-up shoe.
In the figure we see the silhouette of that costume which forms our ideal of proportion and grace of line.
The Greek dance usually took the form of those slow measured movements which Simonides described as “silent poetry”.
The Ionic dress is more ornamental and richer than the Doric. This style became popular later in Greek history and was more complicated.
Ionic dress. Compared to modern dress, it was an easy, comfortable, simple style of clothing.
You will notice, from the Doric column in front of which they are standing, how closely the simple, open, unelaborated costume blends with the earlier Greek architecture.
The costume worn by early Greeks was the simplest type of dress civilized man has ever fashioned.
The two warriors in the picture are wearing or carrying most of the types of war material used by the Greeks for over a thousand years.
The Cretan costume of Antiquity. Long ago on the island of Crete there lived a group of people called Cretans and belonged to Minoan or Mycenaean Age.
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