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Clothing and the Etruscan body

in The Etruscans

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199547913
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779817 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0011

Series: Very Short Introductions

Clothing and the Etruscan body

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‘Clothing and the Etruscan body’ looks at what we know about what the Etruscans actually looked like. We know that they were probably shorter than modern Italians. In youth, they tended towards fitness; in adult life, they tended towards obesity. They lived well. Bodily routines are critical elements of human life. The way we see and present ourselves is highly culturally constructed. The Etruscans made choices about how to represent themselves, such as in their willingness to represent deceased males as well fed and fat. Etruscans, it seems, were forthright in their enjoyment of sex. Tomb paintings show both sexes engaged in sexual activity.

Keywords: body; Chios; clothing; Etruscans; Theopompus

Chapter.  1813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE) ; Classical History ; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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