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Costumes of the Greeks and Romans


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From headdresses to sandals, from warrior's armor to priestess's robes, the authentic costumes of people from all walks of life in the Roman and Greek civilizations are here pictured comprehensively and clearly. Three hundred finely drawn, detailed engravings (containing over 700 illustrations) show just what was worn by the poets, philosophers, priests and priestesses, peasants, Bacchanalians, emperors, generals, Amazons, and virgins of a bygone age.

Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary by Thomas Hope (1770-1831), a British collector and designer, these engravings combine an unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Their range, too, is unusually great, for besides the many plates on the costumes of the Greeks and Romans, there are representative illustrations of the typical dress of such other civilizations as the Phrygian, Egyptian, Parthian, Etruscan, and Persian.

In addition, scores of engravings are devoted to such now-forgotten objects as ancient musical instruments (the lyre, double flute, pipes of Pan, etc.), Bacchanalian implements, articles of furniture, women's trinkets and jewelry, sarcophagi, altars, and other adjuncts to ancient life.

Such comprehensiveness makes this book indispensable to costume designers, stage fitters, and producers of classic plays, students of fashion design, and others interested in ancient costumes. The material included here is covered in no ordinary history, and only here can the interested reader discover just how the draping of the Greek robe was achieved, or what was worn at festivals and funerals by the various classes.

Art directors, advertising managers, and others on the lookout for unusual and eye-catching illustrations will also treasure this collection. All of the engravings are royalty free and may be used in any way, whether as striking contrasts to modern styles in dress, jewelry, or furniture; for historical perspective; for mood pieces; or simply as unusual attention-getters.

Dover unabridged republication of the first edition, 1912.


Finest, most accurate, and useful renderings of authentic costumes from the early Mediterranean civilizations. Over 700 illustrations.


Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary, these early-19th-century classic line renderings combine unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Over 700 illustrations depict all classes and occupations.


Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary, these early-19th-century classic line renderings combine unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Over 700 illustrations depict all classes and occupations.

Table of Contents

List of Plates



1 Egyptian dresses

2 Egyptian priest and priestesses

3 Egyptian priest and priestesses

4 Egyptian headdresses

5 Egyptian priests and harp

6 Egyptian capitals and bases of columns

7 Egyptian capitals

8 Egyptian temple

9 Egyptian priest

10 Egyptian female

11 Isis with her sistrum

12 Fronts of sepulchral monuments near Persepolis

13 Parthian with his bow and javelin

14 Persians

15 Armenian and Parthian monarchs

16 "Heads of Parthian, Persian, and Armenian kings"

17 "Dacian and Phrygian helmets, standard, shoes"

18 Phrygian helmet and vases

19 Amazon-Dacian king-and Paris

20 "Phrygian shields, quivers, and bipennes"

21 "Heads of Amazon, Paris, Trojan, Phrygian, and Roma"

22 Theseus-Hippolyta-and Deinomache

23 Phrygian attired for religious rites

24 Sarmatian-Vesta-Paris

25 Syrian lady

26 Dacian warrior on horseback

27 Amazon carrying her battle-axe

28 Amazon carrying her javelin

29 Phrygian lady

30 Phrygian armour

31 Atys

32 Phrygian

33 Asiatic monarch

34 Dacian King

35 Dacian King

36 Amazon

37 Etruscan attire

38 Etruscan warriors

39 Etruscan warriors and archer

40 Etruscan attire

41 Etruscan warriors

42 Etruscan male and female attire

43 Etruscan helmets and headdresses

44 Etruscan attire and warriors

45 Etruscan elder and youth

46 Etruscan warriors

47 "Minerva-Juno-and Jupiter, in the old Greek style"

48 "Mars-Diana-and Venus, in the old Greek style"

49 Mercury-Hebe-and allegorical figure

50 Minerva-Indian Bacchus-and Juno

51 "Grecian ladies, in the old style, and tympanum"

52 Procession of priestess and her attendants

53 Grecian females

54 Grecian priestesses performing libations

55 "Bacchus-Priestess-and priest, in the old Greek attire"

56 Various bust of the Indian Bacchus

57 Priest of Bacchus

58 "Nymph, in the old style of attire"

59 Grecian female

60 Grecian female

61 Diana

62 Grecian female

63 Grecian female

64 Grecian female

65 Grecian lady

66 Greek warrior

67 Greek warrior

68 Greek warrior

69 Greek herald

70 Greek warrior

71 Greek warrior

72 Priestess

73 Greek warrior

74 Minerva

75 Various helmets

76 Theban shield and bow-cases

77 Grecian female

78 Grecian victor in the chariot race

79 Greek car or chariot

80 Grecian warrior in his travelling dress

81 Squire or attendant on a Greek warrior

82 Female with lyre and plectrum

83 Erato

84 Greek warrior

85 Greek warrior

86 Grecian helmets

87 Musical instruments of the Greeks

88 Female flute player

89 Bacchanalian implements

90 Bacchanalian reclined on a couch

91 Bacchante with the rod of sesamum

92 Bacchante carrying the thyrsus

93 Bacchante sounding the crotals

94 Priestess of Ceres

95 Bacchante carrying the sacred fillet

96 Bacchante carrying torches

97 Female dancer

98 Grecian headdresses

99 Grecian youth crowned at the games

100 Muse

101 Priestess of Ceres

102 Greek warrior

103 Greek warrior

104 Eneas

105 Ceres

106 Greek female

107 Greek philosopher

108 Ceres with the mitra and Grecian headdresses

109 Clio

110 Greek philosopher

111 Victorious warrior descended from his car

112 Apollo-Minerva-Jupiter

113 Lyres

114 Amazon-Minerva Pacifera-Venus Pacifera-Spartan virgin

115 Jupiter

116 Grecian females

117 Greek poet

118 Grecian female with a casket

119 Grecian female going to perform funeral rites

120 Electra in mourning for Orestes

121 Grecian female

122 Diana

123 Jupiter

124 Diana

125 Grecian lady

126 Theban shield and quivers

127 Bacchanalian group

128 Greek youth-Philosopher-and damsel

129 Greek females

130 Various Grecian helmets


131 Grecian headdresses

132 Females dancing

133 Females dancing

134 Grecian ladies

135 Greek shield and other armour

136 Greek combatants separated by a herald

137 "Lady seated with her umbrella, etc."

138 Female utensils and trinkets

139 Warrior-Diana-Minerva

140 "Grecian headdresses of the species worn by Ulysses, and Grecian helmets"

141 Minerva in the diplax

142 Danaïd

143 Grecian female

144 Euterpe

145 Greek female

146 Cybele

147 Ceres

148 Diana

149 Diomedes

150 Ceres

151 Neptune

152 Grecian and Syrian helmets

153 Ceres

154 Jupiter

155 Erato

156 Grecian trumpeter

157 Aesculapius

158 Minerva

159 "Helmets of Minerva, of Roma, and of Grecian hero"

160 "Telesphorus, Hygeia"

161 Grecian female

162 Grecian headdresses

163 From a painting at Herculaneum

164 Juno Lanuvina

165 Different Ptolemies and their Queens

166 Grecian headdresses

167 Bacchus

168 Grecian scrolls

169 Greek fictile vases

170 Greek females

171 Bacchanalian personages

172 Muse-Greek terra-cotta jug-Ceres

173 Bacchanalian personages

174 Grecian headdresses

175 Bacchanalian-Mercury-Bacchante

176 Greek shields and other armour

177 Grecian helmets

178 Grecian female

179 Grecian female

180 Bacchante dancing

181 Juno wearing the diplax

182 Greek poet

183 Diana

184 Grecian female

185 Grecian female

186 Grecian female

187 Jupiter Ammon-Neptune-Cybele-Minerva-Apollo-and Mercury

188 Grecian female

189 Grecian female

190 Grecian female

191 Jupiter-Juno-Apollo-Minerva-Hercules-and Bacchus

192 Musical instruments

193 Grecian female

194 Grecian female

195 Females dancing and playing on the lyre

196 Jupiter

197 Juno

198 Diana-Ceres-Venus

199 Scenic masks

200 Musical instruments

201 Grecian females

202 "Grecian lamps, candelabra, and other utensils"

203 "Torches, tripods, cista, pyxis, etc."

204 Grecian peasants

205 Grecian biga and candelabra

206 Grecian females

207 Muses-Diana

208 Marble chair of Potamon

209 Dancing girls

210 Venus-Muse-Diana

211 Apollo Musagetes-Diana Succincta-Ceres

212 Minerva

213 Comedian

214 Grecian female

215 Canephora

216 Grecian female

217 Grecian lady

218 "Tripod, candelabrum, chair, etc."

219 Grecian female

220 Diana Succincta

221 Greek vases

222 Itinerant sanctuary

223 Grecian heads

224 Reception of Bacchus

225 Gorgons

226 "Vases, pateras, lamp"

227 "Chair of state, etc."

228 Greek lady

229 Apollo Musagetes

230 Vase with bacchanalian

231 Architectural orders

232 Faustina

233 Roman cisterns

234 Flora

235 Fortune

236 Car of bronze

237 Romans in his toga

238 Roman youth with the bulla

239 Roman orator

240 Roman matron

241 Roman ladies

242 Marcus Aurelius

243 Roman empress

244 Faustina

245 Roman empress in the character of Ceres

246 Roman headdresses

247 Roman emperor assisting at a sacrifice

248 Camillus

249 Roman emperor in his military tunic

250 Roman standard bearer

251 Roman general

252 Roman cuirass

253 Roman soldier

254 Roman emperor

255 Roman general

256 Roman general

257 The goddess Roma

258 Nemesis

259 Roman empress with the attributes of plenty

260 Roman empress

261 Roman empress

262 Victorious auriga

263 Biga

264 Roman charioteer driving in the circus

265 Bull adorned for sacrifice

266 Pontifical insignia and instruments of sacrifice

267 Sacrificial instruments

268 "Candelabrum, altar, and tripod"

269 Lectisternium

270 Fasces and curule chair

271 Triumphal car

272 Milestone-Cage of sacred pullets-Naval column

273 Altar and sarcophagi

274 Altars and sarcophagus

275 Chair and tripod

276 Roman study

277 Lavacrum or bath

278 Roman sarcophagus and altars

279 Inferia and Etruscan altars

280 Poops and prows of Roman galleys

281 "Poop, prow, anchor, and rudder, of Roman gallery"

282 Sacrificator-Priest-Camillus

283 Tribunes

284 Senators and knight

285 Roman dresses

286 Roman empresses

287 Flamen-Emperor crowned with laurel-Emperor in the character of Frater arvalis-Empress Helena-Emperor Constans

288 Gloves worn by pancratiasts and military buskins

289 Different buskins and sandals

290 Roman buskins and sandals

291 Roman cuirasses and jacket worn by the night watches of the Capitol

292 "Dacian, Imperial, and Roman cuirasses"

293 Roman soldiers

294 Roman soldiers

295 Roman officer

296 Roman armour and standards

297 "Roman standards, shields, and battering ram"

298 Sarcophagi

299 Roman columbaria

300 Roman columbaria

Product Details

Hope, Thomas
Dover Publications
Beauty & Grooming - General
Ancient - General
Design - Textile & Costume
Performing arts
Theater - Stagecraft
Clip Art
History - Ancient/Classical
Stagecraft and play production
Textiles & Costume
Clothing and dress
Clothing and dress - Greece
Clothing and dress - Rome
Art - General
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"Synopsis" by , Finest, most accurate, and useful renderings of authentic costumes from the early Mediterranean civilizations. Over 700 illustrations.
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Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary, these early-19th-century classic line renderings combine unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Over 700 illustrations depict all classes and occupations.
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Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary, these early-19th-century classic line renderings combine unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Over 700 illustrations depict all classes and occupations.
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