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Lecture: Fashion and Elegance in Ancient Rome



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Ancient Roman

How did Roman citizens display style, wealth, and status? In this Boshell Foundation Lecture, Kelly Olson, Western University, examines works of art and literary sources to reveal evidence of elegance. Olson looks at the gem-laden jewelry, sumptuous colors like purple and scarlet, and luxurious garments that were essential for upper-class identity, and explores the ways that Romans of lesser means tried to create the same effects at lower cost.

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This lecture is generously sponsored by the Boshell Family Foundation.


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