Most must have seen the TV version of Spartacus but I look to be the only one to point out why no one worn undies? why is it modern viewers think they are the only ones to own and sometime wear undies?
Why is it we think undies as a modern thing? ok no that's not true why do you my readers think undies as a modern thing where as I know they are not, so to help out I have done this blog for you.
Both men and women wore the subligaculum or subligar, at least some of the time.
The subligaculum could be worn under a tunic but men who were standing for public office or those getting back to basics would sometime just wear the subligaculum and nothing else. So, really they were just posing in their underwear!
Roman Women also sometimes wore a band of cloth or leather around their upper body. (strophium or mamillare).
Unlike the Classical Greek era where homosexuality prevailed and a woman's role was solely within the household, the female form was considered an object of desire in Roman times, and Roman men were much more likely to engage in heterosexual love affairs. Romans, in contrast to the Greeks who had wives but would consort with young boys, had the courtesan with which to release sexual tension.
Roman women wore knee-length, sleeveless under-tunics over these body-hugging undergarments. Outer garments were worn over the tunic in the same manner the Cretancorset was worn over the chemise. Though outer clothing worn by Roman men and women may not have shown the obvious physical differences between the two sexes, the underwear worn by women made these differences quite clear and contributed toward making Roman women more aware of their sensuous shapes.
As with the ancient Greek world, wives in the
The courtesan of the
In addition to seeking pleasure in the arms of courtesans, it was socially acceptable for Roman men to keep concubines. The Roman world had rather modern ideas about sex from the first century B.C. onward, though modern sexual relationships still only occurred outside the home. It should be noted that Roman men did not have serious emotional relationships with their wives but did engage in emotion ties with their courtesans and concubines. Since the courtesans made their living as sensuous creatures who were highly skilled in the arts of sex, emotional love, and conversation, it was essential that they took care of and adorned their bodies in ways no proper housewife would consider. This included the aforementioned lotions as well as dyes, makeup, and lingerie. While the typical Roman housewife only wore comfortable underwear that hid her most private parts, the Roman courtesan used the strophium, crinoline, and underskirt to tempt her consorts. Roman courtesans are also credited with inventing a type of adorned garter that was tied on the leg at the knee and featured a large jewel for decoration. These were for aesthetic purposes only as stockings had not yet been invented and the garters had no practical purpose.
Roman poets celebrated the undergarments of the courtesan, since praising the underwear of the Roman wife would have been unacceptable and pointless. Courtesans were said to inspire the works of some of
Eventually Christianity began to filter through the
This bikini-like underwear was usually worn when playing sports, particularly water and circus sports, which again likens it to the modern day two-piece bathing suit. Roman poet Martial mentions the subligaculum worn by his heroine Philoenis when she goes to play ball. There is no evidence this brassiere and panty combination were worn by Roman matrons when they bathed. The subligaculum was completely unlike any other garment worn in Roman civilization, as the panty section of the subligaculum was tied at the waist at one end while the other end went between the legs. Longer versions that covered the thighs also existed, and were kept in place with garters. In
brassiere/panty combination was not widely accepted as underwear by all classes of Roman citizens. Roman men, who previously had celebrated various new types of underwear introduced to
The lingerie of the Roman Era reflected the sexual freedom of the time, though limitations still existed depending on one's place in society. The sexual liberation inspired by the courtesans is evident in the undergarments of the time, though the Christian domination of the Roman world brought with it a type of repression that would last for centuries. Unlike Roman underwear, which flattered and glorified the female form as the Cretan's had done, the underwear of the Medieval Era reflected the sexual repression of Christianity and all its pathos.