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Adrienne Hagen, “From Sheep to Shawl”: Wool Working in Ancient Greece and Rome
Thursday, February 25, 2021
How did Romans make their famous togas? Not from bedsheets! In this talk, Dr. Hagen will use reproductions of ancient tools to demonstrate how Greeks and Romans processed wool from a raw fleece to a finished textile, including spinning thread with a drop spindle and weaving on a warp-weighted loom. Along the way, we will see how textile production featured in ancient mythology and philosophy and will explore the role of women’s labor in society.