Male Dress Habits in Roman Period Palmyra

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Maura K. Heyn, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Palmyra, ancient Tadmor, was in the first three centuries CE a flourishing trade node in theRoman Empire. Situated as the last stop on the Silk Road, camel caravans were reloaded ontodonkey caravans, and then went on to the areas west of Palmyra. Although having been underHellenistic influence for centuries, the region displays little tangible evidence of exactly howsuch influence impacted the societies in the region. With Pompey’s conquest in the 60s BCE,the region came under firm Roman control, and local societies responded to this interaction.This contribution looks at the material evidence from Palmyra from the period between the1st century CE and the late 3rd century CE in order to gauge the way in which Palmyrenemen were represented in the Palmyrene art. Most evidence stems from the funerary sphere,since the public and religious statuary largely has disappeared over the centuries. This paperconsiders the ways in which local and foreign clothing traditions impacted Palmyrene societyand shaped the expression of male identities in this oasis city.

Additional Information

M. Cifarelli, ed., Fashioned Selves: Dress and Identity in Antiquity. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 39-51
Language: English
Date: 2019
Portraits, Priests, Cloaks, Textiles, Women, Dresses, Dress codes, Sarcophagi, Men

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