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What Shall I Say of Clothes?
Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Dress in Antiquity

Edited by Megan Cifarelli and Laura Gawlinksi

What Shall I Say of Clothes?
Paperback, 240 pages £20.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781931909341
Format: 228mm x 152mm
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Subjects: Ancient Near East, Archaeological Institute of America, Archaeology, Art & Art History
Series: AIA Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture

The essays in this volume engage explicitly in a variety of theoretical and methodological strategies for the interpretation of dress, dressed bodies, and their representations in the ancient world. Authors draw from a wide range of disciplinary frameworks, integrating literary and archaeological evidence, experimental archaeology, social theory and the study of iconography.

This volume spans a broad area both geographically and chronologically, bringing the ancient Near East into dialogue with the classical world from prehistory through late antiquity. The breadth and inclusivity of this volume provide a strong theoretical and methodological foundation for the collaborative study of the dynamic role of dressed bodies and images that depict them.


Introduction-Megan Cifarelli and Laura Gawlinski

List of Contributors

Section One: Getting Dressed

Gods Among Men: Fashioning the Divine Image in Assyria-Kiersten Neumann,

Early Iron Age Adornment within Southern Levantine Mortuary Contexts: An Argument for Existential Significance in Understanding Material Culture-Josephine A. Verduci

Section Two: Being Dressed

Color-Coded: The Relationship between Color, Iconography, and Theory in Hellenistic and Roman Gemstones-Eric Beckman

Fascinating Fascina: Apotropaic Magic and How to Wear a Penis-Alissa M. Whitmore

Surface Tensions on Etruscan and Greek Jewelry-Alexis Q. Castor,

Costly Choices: Signaling Theory and Dress in Period IVb Hasanlu, Iran-Megan Cifarelli

Section Three: Dress and Identity

Neolithic Blue Beads in Northwest Turkey: The Social Significance of Skeuomorphism-

Ayse Bursali, Rana Özbal, Emma Baysal, Hadi Özbal, Baris Yagci

Fabrics of Inclusion: Deep Wearing and the Potentials of Materiality on the Apadana Reliefs-Neville McFerrin

Theorizing Religious Dress-Laura Gawlinski

The Costumes and Attributes of Late Antique Honorific Monuments: Conformity and Divergence within the Public and Political Sphere-Elizabeth Wueste

Western Men, Eastern Women? Dress and Cultural Identity in Roman Palmyra-Maura K. Heyn

Megan Cifarelliis Professor of Art History at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

Laura Gawlinskiis Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Loyola University, Chicago.


Emma L. Baysal(Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey), Eric Beckmann, Ayse Bursali (Koç University, Instanbul) Megan Cifarelli (Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY), Laura Gawlinski (Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Loyola University, Chicago), Maura Heyn (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Neville McFerrin(Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Sweet Briar College, US), Kiersten Neumann (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago), Hadi Özbal (Bogazici University, Instanbul), Rana Özbal (Asst Professor of Archaeology, Koç University, Instanbul), Josephine Verduci (University of Melbourne), Alissa Whitmore (US Anthropologist), Elizabeth Wueste (University of California, Berkeley), and Baris Yagci (Koç University, Instanbul).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 240 pages
 228mm x 152mm

BIC Code:
  ART015060, HIS002000, SOC003000
 Archaeological Institute of America


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