The Popular Gaze: Roman Underwear, Nudity, and Visual Display

This week, it seems that my classical friends wished me to learn a great deal about clothing–or lack thereof. I started off reading (and then quickly consumed) the splendid book by late antique historian Kristi Upson-Saia on Early Christian Dress (Plug: now out in paperback!), then had Roman bioanthropologist¬†Kristina Killgrove ask about Greco-Roman diapers, andContinue reading “The Popular Gaze: Roman Underwear, Nudity, and Visual Display”

Monograms and Inscribed Power

This past week, I listened to stellar papers at the ILAN conference held at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. One of my favorites was also the last: Fabian Stroth (Heidelberg)¬†delved eloquently into the complex monograms on the capitals in Justinian’s Hagia Sophia. I hadn’t really thought very much about monograms generally,Continue reading “Monograms and Inscribed Power”