Thread Tools
Old 01-30-2005, 03:19 AM
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: California
Posts: 5,891
Did Ancient Minoan women REALLY walk around in bare-breasted outfits?

I have read some articles about Ancient Minoan dress from several encyclopedias mentioning how the blouses of women's dresses did not cover the breasts (A from this 'backwards' American ). However, they always use this Minoan snake goddess statue as evidence. This bothers me, because just because the Snake Goddess is wearing something that looks like Frederick's of Hollywood might sell doesn't mean everyday Minoan women might. Maybe if they were breastfeeding, it would be convenient, but beyond this little statue I haven't seen any other indications (paintings, illustrations on pottery, etc) of these breezy blouses Minoan women wore.
Old 01-30-2005, 03:35 AM
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: America's Dairyland
Posts: 12,780
Check out the Ladies in Blue in Minoan frescoes.
Old 01-30-2005, 04:13 AM
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Montreal, QC
Posts: 56,197
I trust you meant "women of Ancient Minoa", because ancient women generally should not be topless.

I mean, ew.
Old 01-30-2005, 08:24 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Altered States of America
Posts: 12,549
There are several art pieces besides the famous priestess statue showing the barebreasted fashions of Minoan women in everyday life. Dressed up for a party, doing the housework, etc. Wearing the tight open bolero bodice that supports the breasts without covering them, plus the flounced layered skirt and the little apron over it.

The available evdience from art shows that Minoans valued beauty and gracious living more than war and military might. When the women are dressed up for a party, they wear piled-up hairstyles with tendrils of hair like spit curls hanging out. The archaeology shows a culture with less of a gap between rich and poor, where women had higher status than in militaristic cultures like the Mycenaeans who replaced them.

There were other ancient civilizations where women went around bare-breasted, including Egypt, India, and Cambodia. The difference that makes us take note of Minoan fashions is that instead of wearing loose drapery as in the other places, the Minoans wore more elaborate fitted styles and they had that soigné look. There were also young women in the bull-jumping sport who, like the young men athletes, competed wearing only a loincloth. It was a coed sport.
Old 01-30-2005, 12:07 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: NY but not NYC
Posts: 29,459
Also note that all the named civilizations were in warm-weather locations. Weather is as much an indicator and driver of clothing preferences as culture. Nobody thinks twice about tribal women in areas from Africa to Polynesia going topless. It's only the addition of "civilization" that somehow has come to mean that breasts must be covered. But that's a modern practice that has little meaning for the past.
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:21 AM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: spitfire vs bf109 boo origin infinitely dense charmed angel funny wood jokes kleenex man sized ted washburn latex point stupid doctor soccer torrents dose titration apartment key we todd did keith richards hands receipts emp cannon silver creatures is wigger racist fansshare gallery change address fedex 64 sides boob overflow zoom drinking game st john smythe oglaf skeletons poltergeist skeletons misfits 138 meaning round bolt head rainbow vaccum reviews hourly hotels philadelphia asbestos tiles dangerous clogged ringing ears odd shaped picture frame this video contains content from sme getting out of jury duty self employed flight of stairs definition can employer cut pay without notice concrete driveway thickness mesh or not 1:20 ratio difference between isopropyl and rubbing alcohol paying cash for a car irs how to send money to paypal without paypal guitar with no body are transition lenses worth it light cream vs half and half doctor's visit cost without insurance fire extinguisher sprayed in face kidney stone stuck at uvj how to bail yourself out of jail animal with the fastest reflexes what is a pirate smile is it a good idea to turn off water when on vacation law student giving legal advice allstate commercial all alone actor fire of a thousand suns mounting tires with ether blood pressure over 300 how to address a memo to multiple recipients scene from an italian restaurant laptop charger different voltage does pa turnpike take credit cards is malaysia a first world country flipping eyelids inside out bad tiny green flying bugs attracted light peeing on feet for athletes foot