Talk:Toga (Nova Roma)

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The primitive toga

This was the original semicircular form in the republican times until the end of the 2nd century BC, which can be seen on this statue:

Original cemicircular form.jpg

Development during the 2nd-1st centuries BC

In the end of the 2nd century BC, the aristocracy started to enlarge their toga to have a more impressive drapping. They increased the width of the material bigger and bigger through the decades:

Enlargement phase1.jpg

Now they had a very large toga drapped the way seen on this statue, and a bit later, this version of drapping became even more popular at the end of the republic with the sinus, seen on this statue:

Enlargement phase2.JPG

The classical toga - theories about its shape

But having this new fashion of draping and the large measure of the material, they had a problem caused by the lots of material in the corners "x" and "y". The last end of the toga falling from the back and its first part under the visible draping downstage were getting to be very unwieldy, because, if the corners are not enough narrow, the first and last parts of the toga become too podgy that makes it very bad to drap. Also, the Roman aristocracy continued to increase the width of the toga to have a larger sinus, and it caused even more problems because of those corners with "too much material", so finally they simply started to cut down the corners:

"Theory 1"

Toga shape hypothesis2.jpg

An other hypothesis says that they cut it down in a semicircular way, so they had an oval, ellipsis-like shape:

"Theory 2"

Toga shape hypothesis1.jpg


Lentulus togatus.jpg.jpeg

I think that the even cutting is more likely because it is a more simple solution; anyway, they now had this variant of the toga that is called "imperial", and was worn during the principate. I think "classical toga" is a better name for this variant, because it is which became the most symbolical and characteristical version of the Roman toga.

In the photo at right, you can see my classical toga wich is made according to the "Theory 1":

Please compare it yourselves with ones on the Roman statues, like this, or this, or this and so on...

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