Toga
(520 words)

[German version]

The toga, adopted from the Etruscans, was the official garment of Roman citizens which was worn in public and which non-Romans were not allowed to wear (Suet. Claud. 15,3; gens togata: Verg. Aen. 1,282). Originally, the woolen toga was worn over the bare upper body and over the subligaculum that covered the lower body, later over the tunica . The common toga of the simple Roman citizen was white (toga pura, toga virilis). Furthermore, there was the toga praetexta with a crimson stripe along the edges (clavi; status symbols) which was worn by curule officials, by the Flamines …

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Toga”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1216720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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