Ancient Greek Costumes
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Asklepios was the Greek god of healing. He was believed to be the son of Apollo and to have learned medicine from Chiron the centaur. He is usually portrayed with a beard, holding a staff with a snake entwined round it, called the rod of Asklepios. The caduceus, a short staff with wings and two snakes entwined (a symbol of Hermes), has been adopted as the modern symbol of medicine in some parts of the world, perhaps in the (mistaken) belief that it is linked to Asklepios.
Clothing - Gehennum
The Himation is also a unisex garment, however the way the garment is draped can also indicate the status one holds in society. In this picture this man's himation is wrapped snug and drapes the left shoulder and arm, indicating that he is a businessman and does not perform manual labor.
Attributed to the Persephone Painter | Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) | Greek, Attic | Classical | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Persephone (far left) is seen emerging out of the earth wearing a himation over her pleated linen chiton. Demeter (left) also wears a chiton of crinkled fabric beneath a long himation. With his traveling staff in hand, Hermes dons his characteristic broad-rimmed traveling hat (petasos) and short cloak (chlamys). Hekate (centre), dressed in an open-sided peplos, guides the way with lighted torches.
Flautista, pintura etrusca
Flautista, pintura etrusca Etruscan terracotta plaque, about 470 B.C., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. One of two painted Etruscan plaques (pinakes in Greek) at the MFA used to cover the walls of a tomb; this one depicts a male double-flute player, wreathed in chiton, heavy himation walks to right, on the broad band; he is holding up and playing on the flutes. Thin reed-like plant at right. Painted and fired.