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Ancient Roman dress is often criticized as an imitation of Greek dress At first glance this is true but take a second more close look and there are many changes Though the clothing is draped the same Roman cloth is sewn together not pinned Instead elegantly decorating the fabric with bold and colorful patterns like the Greeks Romans keep their garments more simple Men in Ancient Rome wore a knee length tunic which looked like a long T-shirt This served as an under garment cool linen for summer wear and warm wool for winter wear Men wore a toga over their tunic It was draped over the shoulder and carefully apped around the body A cloak was also worn for warmth whether at night or during the winter Much could be told about a man by his toga Consuls and Senators wore a toga edged in purple black togas were worn by theologians blue by philosophers and reen by doctors Soothsayers or fortune tellers an unornamented white toga Peasants were only allowed to were one sober colored toga while members of the Imperial household wore as many as seven colors Women wore a tunica much like the men It was usually knee length and neutral in color Over their tunica they would wear a stool A stola was a long full length wrap that was gathered at the waste by a girdle and covered the womans instep The stola s usually white brown or gray but some were brightly colored with dye Over the stola women wore a palla a wide trailing scarf or shawl which covered her from head to foot A veil was also often worn It was called a ricinim or in earlier days the fl meum The ricinium was attached to the back of the head by bands or wreath and hung over the back and shoulders A paenula or cloak was also
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