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Latin Lexicon of Textiles

Clothes, adornments, materials and techniques of Ancient Rome

Elena Miramontes Seijas
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254 pages
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As a Latin lexicon, this volume pursues two main objectives: to create a broad corpus of Latin terms related to textiles, accessories and personal care and to collect all data in a comprehensible and practical format. Texts and visual sources were consulted, dating from the 3rd century BC up to the 4th AD, describing materials and trends from all regions within the Roman Empire and beyond. The lexicon is arranged in alphabetical order and each offers the etymology and Greek translation of the word, some quotations extracted from primary sources and more bibliography, to allow a deeper study. At the end, all terms are classified in different topics and two glossaries try to ease the search of a specific term either from English or Ancient Greek. This research broadens our understanding of daily life in antiquity through the study of textile manufacture and use during the Roman period.

A Classical Philologist who studied at the University of Salamanca, Elena Miramontes Seijas obtained a Master’s degree in Linguistics (University of Santiago de Compostela) and a Master’s in Medieval Icelandic Studies (University of Iceland). She has recently been awarded her PhD (Autonomous University of Madrid), studying the use and evolution of Latin textile terms.

‘I can imagine using this work regularly as a reference tool. It will be accessible to students at the undergraduate level as well as more advanced scholars. I found myself flipping back and forth to cross-referenced terms that I was unfamiliar with, and thinking more deeply about the nuances of these terms.’ Professor Alexis Q. Castor, Franklin & Marshall College, USA

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