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Dress communicates a lot of information about a culture By just looking at what a group is wearing or not wearing one would know the temperature of the area what fabrics are available a persons status in the community the aesthetic values of the society and much more This is as true today as it was when man first started to adorn himself To show this point we will discuss dress in Ancient Rome and Italy in the 1970s Ancient Rome The Roman Empire was established in 27 BC It was during this time that Rome ruled half of Europe much of the Middle East and the north of Africa Rome is located on the Western border of Italy on the Mediterranean Sea The hills upon which Rome lies are fertile and perfect for farming and raising cattle pigs and poultry Farmers were able to grow wheat rye barley and olives The wooded areas around the city not only provided a natural defense from outside attacks but yielded materials excellent for building Although Rome did not manufacture any goods they were able to build a road system superior to any other at that time that enabled them to import goods from other areas in the Empire Mining provided the Empire with gold iron marble and stone These materials were used to build roads aqueducts amphitheaters and temples Expressions of Roles through Clothing In ancient Rome the role and status of men and women were identified through clothing in many ways the toga being the main item worn McManas 1999 It was the formal garment of ancient Romans and a symbol of citizenship The right to wear one was often treasured especially by freedmen who had made their way from slaves to citizens The toga is a semicircular cloak three times as long and two times as wide as the wearers height The toga is a form of communication Young Roman boys and non-political male
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