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                                                                                                                                                  The Roman Toga
                                                                                                                                                  The Roman Toga

                               Upper folds                                                                                                         Togas were a ceremonial costume, worn by the

                                                                                                                                                 citizens of ancient Rome. Can you see the many

                                                                                                                                                                folds and layers in the material?

                   Portrait of                                                                                                                           Folds:
                   Portrait of
                    an orator:
                    an orator:                                                                                                              This type of toga was called                                                 6 METRES

               Carved by a talented                                                                                                               a fusa, which means                                                   2 METRES

               sculptor, this type of                                                                                                        ‘ample’. It consists of upper
                  statue shows off                                                                                                            folds above the waist, and

              a toga’s intricate folds                                                                                                         lower folds which fall to

               to reveal the wearer’s                                                                                                                     the knee.

             social status: in this case
              most likely a politician.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Togas were so long, people
                                                                                                                                                                                                  needed help putting them on!

                                                                                                                                                                                                 They used around 6 metres of

                                                                                                                                                                                               woollen fabric – four times more

             Roman Empire around 100 CE                                                                                                                                                                 than a normal tunic.

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