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Reply #26: Here's an un-fun fact, then: the Roman toga was not a "party" garment, no matter what [View All]

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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 09:10 PM
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26. Here's an un-fun fact, then: the Roman toga was not a "party" garment, no matter what
college students may think. It was the Roman equivalent of the business suit. Only Roman citizens could wear it. It was hot, itchy, bulky and uncomfortable. Roman men usually ripped the thing off as soon as they got home. It was worn over a tunic, not over the bare body as in "Animal House". Wealthy men often owned a slave who sole job was helping him don the toga and make sure it was draped properly. The classic drape of the folds was designed to force the wearer to maintain a classic pose when standing and speaking in public. A true toga was not a rectangular "bed-sheet" shape, but sort of a lozenge shape with one straight edge. And it was made out of wool, not cool, breezy cotton.

There. I'm sure that ruined the party-hearty perception of the toga... :hide:
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