The history of nudity involves social attitudes to nakedness of the human body in different cultures in history. The use of clothing to cover the body is one of the changes that mark the end of the Neolithic, and the beginning of civilizations. Nudity or near-complete nudity has traditionally been the social norm for both men and women in some hunter-gatherer cultures in warm climates and it is still common among many indigenous peoples. The need to cover the body is associated with human migration out of the tropics into climates where clothes were needed as protection from sun, heat, and dust in the Middle East; or from cold and rain in Europe and Asia. The first use of animal skins and cloth may have been as adornment, along with body modification, body painting, and jewelry, invented first for other purposes, such as magic, decoration, cult, or prestige, and later found to be practical as well.
The Popular Gaze: Roman Underwear, Nudity, and Visual Display
This week, it seems that my classical friends wished me to learn a great deal about clothing—or lack thereof. I started off reading and then quickly consumed the splendid book by late antique historian Kristi Upson-Saia on Early Christian Dress Plug: now out in paperback! Sight was a powerful sense in antiquity, one that imbued clothing with an additional dimension. After Dr.
In 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt announced his foreign policy plan. The Good Neighbor Policy did succeed in making Latin America and the US friendlier neighbors. Sounds like a sweet deal, right.