Distinguishing color “classes” in a toga costume

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How do colors play in a toga costume?

Distinguishing color “classes” in a toga costume

Color played an important part in Roman costumes, including the toga, denoting not only the rank or office of the wearer, but some-times the occasion for which it was worn. Toga colors began to distinguish class and professions: blue for philosophers, black for theologians, green for practitioners of the medical arts. A roman costume for soothsayers was a white toga, unornamented. For a peasant toga wear one sober color. Officer's togas have two colors. Clan commanders, three colors. Toga costume for the members of the Imperial household wore as many as seven colors.



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