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K, i have to write an essay on an object from ancient rome, like for example .. a 'sword' (too many people are doing that) and it has some history behind it or something.. And you have to write your essay as if your the object talking .. Problem is .. I don't know what object to do it on. I thought of doing it on the Toga, but i can't find any information.i want something like this behind my object in the essay --> '' I am the toga, and i've been worn by .. this person.. and this person did this, and i've witnessed it .. and i've been ripped, and had dirt thrown on me ''some cool history behind it or something ..SO....Any ideas of what object i can do? And what to write about that object? ..Thanks for your help!Oh yeah it's basically a Personification Essay.

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  1. andrick says:

    Roman Dress The toga was allowed to be worn only by free Roman citizens. … his 16th birthday, the young Roman would then dispense with the toga praetexta … [external link] … – Cachedthis as loads of stuff that will keep you talking about your life as a toga lolThe Toga Toga PraetextaFor larger picture click on image above The toga was allowed to be worn only by free Roman citizens. Foreigners, or even exiled citizens, could not appear in public wearing a toga. If in the early days the toga was worn directly on the naked body, then later a simple tunic was added, tied at the waist with a belt.There were some old families with ancient ancestry who insisted on continuing the tradition of dressing without a tunic, but their fellow Romans understood them somewhat eccentric. Basically the toga was a large blanket, draped over the body, leaving one arm free.Through experiments historians have concluded that the vast blanket took the form of a semi circle. It was along the straight edge the purple stripe of a senator’s toga praetexta ran. Usually the toga spanned between 2 ½ and 3 meters long (though apparently up to 5 ½ metres long in some cases) and at its widest point it will have been up to 2 metres wide.No doubt keeping such a cumbersome item of clothing on one’s body, and looking elegant, will have been fraught with practical problems as one moved about, sat down and got up again.In some cases lead weights were sewn into the hem to help keep the garment in place. In order to help the toga drape more gracefully, slaves were known to place pieces of wood in the folds the previous evening. The toga was made of wool. The rich had the luxury of choice of what kind of wool they sought to wear. Of Italian wares, the wool of Apulia and Tarentum were deemed the best. Meanwhile wool from Attica, Laconica, Miletus, Laodicea and Baetica were deemed of the finest quality of all. Boys of reasonably wealthy families already would be expected to wear the toga. In their case, the garment oddly shared its name with that of the senators, the toga praetexta. On formally becoming a man, usually around his 16th birthday, the young Roman would then dispense with the toga praetexta and instead wear the simple, white toga of the Roman citizen, known as the toga virilis, toga pura or toga libera. It is worth mentioning that the white colour of the toga was prescribed by law. There may be an explanation why a boy’s toga was deemed a toga praetexta. It may have traditionally born a purple hem. So too may the stola of girl until marriage.This obviously would have been cheap imitation purple and not the real Tyrian purple dye. How to dress in a togaIn times of the republic, it was simply deemed improper for a Roman citizen of note to be seen in public without his toga.After all, anyone who didn’t want to be seen as a slave or a workman in Rome had to be seen in a toga. The only exception for this was the festival of the saturnalia when everyone, including the magistrates, left their toga at home. Some early emperors were very keen to maintain the republican traditions of a toga-wearing public, but gradually it began to fade from use, being worn only as formal dress at the law courts, the theatre, the circus or at the imperial court. It is also known that many politicians campaigning for public office would go as far as whitening their toga with chalk in order to stand out more from the crowd. In fact this is the very reason for the name. In Latin candida stands for white. So the candidates were ‘the white ones’. The use of the word has survived unto this day in the English language. There are certain types of toga which are of note.The toga picta was a brightly coloured and richly embroidered garment and was chiefly worn by victorious military commanders on their triumph through the streets of Rome. The toga palmata, alike the tunica palmata richly embroidered and decorated with a palm leaf pattern, was a type of toga picta. The toga trabea was ceremonial toga of various colours. It was either wholly purple (if meant to decorate the statues of deities) or featuring purple stripes for kings, augurs and some priests. Finally, the toga pulla or toga sordida was of dark colour and was worn when in mourning. At dinner parties and in private the toga was simply deemed too impractical and so on such occasions it was often replaced by the synthesis, a sort of dressing gown. Else one simply wore a tunic. Toga TrabeaFor larger picture click on image above Textiles and DyesStatus was evidently all-important in Rome. Given that clothes were a simple way of expression such status, it is little surprise that rich families had slaves trained as tailors (vestiarii, paenularii).Trade guilds existed for the professional tailors, dyers and fullers, indicating that there existed a substantial industry. The fu

  2. Huntington says:

    You should write about ancient Rome coins. You can write a lot about it. There is a lot to say, check out the following link on wikipedia to get good ideas.

  3. ashlared says:

    you could do the sandals of a centurian…walked for many miles…. etc. ….thousands idnetical etc. :)

  4. postwise says:

    you could do a chariot