Iris Tzachili, E. Zimi (eds.), Textiles and Dress in Greece and the Roman East: A Technological and Social Approach, “Ta Pragmata” publication, 2012. ISBN-10: 9609826121. ISBN-13: 978-9609826129, 163 pages.

Dress, textiles and their production process are a difficult scientific venture to embark upon, due to the complexity of the subject. They present many different aspects and touch on a wide variety of social sectors, such as the economy, technique, raw materials, commerce, fashion and symbolisms of all kinds. This is even more the case when the period covered is the Roman era in Greece, a multifarious and little-studied time influenced both by the weight of Classical tradition and by the new mores and customs spreading throughout the empire.

This volume contains the presentations from a conference jointly organized by the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete, and the Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of Peloponnese, held in Kalamata. The papers touch upon technical and social issues based on archaeological and written sources regarding weaving and dress, and shed light on different aspects of a particularly complex process.