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Chlamys: The cultural biography of a garment in Hellenistic Egypt

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Project "CHLAMYS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 212˙194 €
 EC max contribution 212˙194 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2017-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 212˙194.00


 Project objective

Hellenistic Egyptian history has been described as a 'tale of two cultures'. This duality is manifest in the differences between the textile cultures of the two ethic groups that came into contact during the time of the Ptolemies. The fundamental differences concern: a/ the traditional fibre used (linen in Egypt–wool in Greece); b/ the colour preference for garments (white for Egypt-a variety of vivid colours in Greece; c/ the loom used for weaving (horizontal in Egypt-vertical in Greece). When Alexander the Great first came to Egypt, he decided to leave his mark on the territory, and founded the first city that would bear his name: Alexandria. Descriptions of the city detailed by such later ancient authors as Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, Pliny the Elder and Plutarch report that the city had the shape of a chlamys, the typical woollen cloak of Alexander and his cavalry. The first chlamys-shaped wold map was also produced in Alexandria by Eratosthenes, head librarian at the famous library under the third Ptolemy. The founding of Alexandria inaugurates systematic cross-cultural interactions between Greeks and Egyptians, two ethnic groups with distinct languages, cultures, ways of life, and, naturally, dress. The garment chlamys becomes the garment of Ptolemaic royals, while it continues to be the garment of the army. The make-up of this largely mercenary army, though, had since become ethnically diverse, and included local Egyptians. A host of sources (e.g. papyri, iconography on temples, tombs, ostraca, coinage) testify to the fact that the chlamys becomes widespread in both Alexandria and the rest of the Egyptian territory. This project investigates the garment chlamys both as a material object and as a cultural symbol, thus capturing multiple glimpses of everyday life in Hellenistic Egypt, while providing a reassessment of the ongoing discource on dress, ethnicity and identity in cross-cultural cont


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Broens, C, M.L. Nosch, M. Papadopoulou
Lexical Leisure. One thousand Years of Colour Terminology of Textiles in Ancient Greece.
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Manel García Sánchez, M. Gleba (eds.) Vetus textrinum: Textiles in the Ancient World. Studies in Honour of Carmen Alfaro. Barcelona. 2019-07-24
2018 Papadopoulou, M
Textile Archaeology.
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A Blackwell Companion of Greco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. K. Vandorpe (ed.) 2019-07-24
2018 Papadopoulou, M.
Spectators-in-performance in Theocritus᾿ Adoniazusae
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Hellenistica Groningana. Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry. Edited by M.A. Harder et al. Peeters, Leuven. 2019-07-24
2018 Papadopoulou, M.
Why did Hipparchia not weave? An approach to discourse on gender (in)equality in Greek antiquity.
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Hierarchy and Equality - Representations of Sex/Gender in the Ancient World R. Skumsnes, L. O. Johannessen, A. Martinsen, & J. Økland (Eds.) 2019-07-24
2018 Papadopoulou, M.
‘The role of prepositional locatives in the Greek garb vocabulary cluster.’
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The Embodied Basis of Constructions in Greek and Latin. Edited by William Michael Short and Egle Moccario. 2019-07-24

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