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Greek And Spartan Costumes

There is a tendency to view Sparta as a different entity from Greece. The reality is that it was very much a part of Greece, a military state to be precise. While Sparta has militaristic values, Athens was more democratic. These two societies were distinctly, if not vastly, different from each other concerning politics, outlook, and food. What about clothes then? For instance, were Greek costumes for men different from Spartan costumes? Or, were they similar, considering they were part of the same country. Let’s find out.

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Men’s Greek Costumes

The type of garment depended on the person wearing it. There were several forms of garments made from the same tunic. The chiton was the most common tunic worn by Greek men, especially during the summer months. It was typically made of a lighter linen material and was comfortable to wear outdoors in the Mediterranean climate. The chiton could be draped over one or both shoulders. When draped over one shoulder, typically the left, it was called an exomie. The exomie was ideal for horseback riding, exercise, or work. During winters, Greek men wore a woolen cloak over their tunics, known as a himation. This garment was made from a rectangular piece of cloth and was draped over the individual, much like a Roman toga. The himation was useful for soldiers away from home, as it doubled up as a blanket on cold winter nights. Then there was the chlamys, a shorter version of the himation, which was pinned on the right shoulder with a brooch.

Men’s Spartan Costumes

It is said that Spartan men preferred to wear as less as possible as clothes hindered athletic pursuits. The Spartan man was a warrior who lived a simple life and his dress could have reflected that. However, history and findings suggest that his clothes were not all that different from the Athenian man’s garments. If anything, Spartan men wore a simpler version of Greek clothing. However, there is one feature of the Spartan military garb that stood out – the color crimson. Spartans reckoned that crimson was perfect for war and also the least feminine color. But, there was thought behind this than just satisfying macho urges. Crimson would hide blood in the battlefield and not give the enemy any psychological boost.

Greek and Spartan Footwear

Greek and Spartan men preferred to walk barefoot. If they had to wear something on their feet, it would be boots or sandals. The sandals were crafted of leather and simple in design. Boots were similarly utilitarian. There is a thought that Spartan boots were more open-toed, which facilitated greater movement and were ideal for the hot climate.

Greek and Spartan Costumes Online

These days, there are plenty of online outlets offering Greek and Spartan outfits for men. If you are into LARP, cosplay, and reenactments or simply looking to wear something to a historical fair, do your research first! It is easy to be lulled into purchasing something that promises much but delivers little. The good news is that there are several places online where you can buy historical clothes that are authentic and value for money. Explore historical Greek and Spartan products.

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