Saturday, August 20, 2005

Roman trousers

Wenlock's back and questioning the use of trousers in the late Roman Army. Perhaps he's overly attached to the knobbly knee contest image of the Early Roman Army, but by at least the 3rd century the Romans were adopting 'barbarous' ideas. Good sources to consult on the subject are:

Roman Miltary Clothing (2)
AD 200-400
by Graham Sumner
Osprey Books, 2003

Roman Miltary Clothing (3)
AD 400-640
by Raffaele D'Amato & Graham Sumner
Osprey Books, 2005

The last one is just published and my dear partner is now choosing his new season wardrobe. He wants short trousers and leggings; possible. He also wants a semi-circular cloak and I've already told him to naff off on that front! I'm no tailor. He's already got a square cloak which is quite enough ...

As for trousers being up and down over the last 1500 years, Wenlock, I couldn't possibly comment ;-)

5 Comments:

At 8:25 am BST, Blogger Stephen said...

Produce all the historical and archaeological evidence you like, m'dear, but even if it's true, that doesn't make it right. It takes knobbly knees to build empires - that's why the British Empire was largely the work of Scotsmen.

What next? Romans in flares? I think we should be told.

 
At 2:32 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

I think the Romans must have worn flares in the 360-70s or 460-70s, with various revivals in between.

Historical evidence does make it right! What sort of historian are you, eh? Hmm ... I'm now thinking of the early Roman Army as 'The Ladies from Hell' ;-)

 
At 8:52 pm BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

So, can I have my characters from Storm over Hadrian's Wall (~122 AD) have wearing trousers in winter? I know it's no problem for The Charioteer which takes place 408-10 AD.

 
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