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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Origin of Neoclassicism and the Impact of Ancient Greece on French Revolution

The base for the birth of Neoclassicism movement was created through the reinstatement of the ideas of the ancient civilization in about the middle of 1700, and was due to a common need for revival. A movement aspiring to reform every form of art and life, dressing included. During the years of French Revolution and through the contribution of arts the ancient Greek spirit was strengthened, since it had been the source for the ideals of the revolution. The ancient Greek attire became identical with the notions of liberty and expression, and as a result a revolutionary, healthy, simple and functional suit was established, that was completely different from any traditional model of the period, as it was promoting and underlining the natural beauty of the body. The French women adopted this revolutionary dress à la Grecque until 1800, when Napoleon came to the throne.