Cross-Post: Achaemenid Clothing, and Linen Armour
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Cross-Post: Achaemenid Clothing, and Linen Armour

Historian Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones will give a talk on recreating Achaemenid clothing on Tuesday 5 December from 12.00 to 13.00 EST (UTC – 5.00). People can listen over Zoom here.

In conjunction with the British Museum’s recent exhibition Luxury and Power: Persia to Greece, it was decided to attempt to create the types of garments worn by the elite of the Persian court in the Achaemenid period (559–330 BCE). Dress played a role in the Persian concept of luxury, and although textiles have not survived in the archaeological record, careful research into the representations of clothes in Achaemenid art and the traditional dress styles in the Iranian world has made recreations of court clothing is possible. This talk explores the design and symbolism of Achaemenid dress and highlights the methods undertaken to recreate Persian costumes for the British Museum exhibition. 

Independent scholar, tailor, and historical fencer Jessica Finley will be giving a talk on medieval and early modern linen armour on 17 November 2023 (today!) starting at 18.30 CST (UTC – 6.00) This will also be recorded and live streamed.

We are happy to be continuing this research by sponsoring a lecture by Jess Finley this evening, Friday Nov. 17 at 6:30pm at the Oakeshott Institute where she will present new findings and theories on the forms and utility of cloth armor in the late medieval period.  This lecture will be recorded and live streamed, join us!

(scheduled 17 November 2023)

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