Be a member
Send article with e-mail
Your e-mail *
Friend e-mail *
CAPTCHA *
CAPTCHA Code *
Refresh CAPTCHA
Comment
* required fields
Send
More
- +
by Archaeology Newsroom

Dress in antiquity

Odysseus, landing naked on the island of the Phaeacians (Corfu), tells us how the function of clothing is to protect the body by covering it. The clothing bestowed on Odysseus either by goddesses or mortal women makes him the object of female desire. Cloaks and mantles become dominant features in the sculptures of antiquity. Around 720 BC it became common practice for men to be portrayed naked while women were usually shown dressed. Nudity, both in life and in art was part of the homoerotic culture of the time and closely connected with the gymnasiums and symposiums and spread during the 7th or 8th century BC because of the Olympic Games.