I n a contemporary global world, this head covering of a married woman holds significance that reaches far beyond a simple marriage ritual. Is it a reinstatement of social distance maintained by the bride once she is married? Or is it a space for privacy for the young bride?
Photo: DR. Public domain. Contrary to widespread belief, Greek women wore veils only in particular contexts. Evidence of this can be found, first and foremost, in countless images of indoor and outdoor scenes, which, though they are not photographic copies of reality, do refer to the most common representations. See Gallery 1 below. The scene depicted on the red-figure Attic cup by the Amphitrite Painter, dating from B.
In what will become a standard work in the field of Greek dress, Llewellyn-Jones hereafter L-J offers the first full-length examination of the veiling of women in the ancient Greek world from c. His study covers the entirety of the ancient Greek world and argues that veiling was routine for women of varying social strata, especially when they appeared in public or before unrelated males. While L-J asserts that the women who veiled their heads subscribed to this male ideology, he argues that veiling did not simply entail female powerlessness in the face of male authority.
A veil is an article of clothing or hanging cloth that is intended to cover some part of the head or face , or an object of some significance. Veiling has a long history in European, Asian, and African societies. The practice has been prominent in different forms in Judaism , Christianity , and Islam. The practice of veiling is especially associated with women and sacred objects, though in some cultures it is men rather than women who are expected to wear a veil. Besides its enduring religious significance, veiling continues to play a role in some modern secular contexts, such as wedding customs. Elite women in ancient Mesopotamia and in the Greek and Persian empires wore the veil as a sign of respectability and high status. A wife-of-a-man, or [widows], or [Assyrian] women who go out into the main thoroughfare [shall not have] their heads [bare]. Whoever sees a veiled prostitute shall seize her, secure witnesses, and bring her to the palace entrance. They shall not take her jewelry; he who has seized her shall take her clothing; they shall strike her 50 blows with rods; they shall pour hot pitch over her head.