peplus

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peplos or peplus (ˈpɛpləs)
 
n , pl -loses, -luses
Also called: peplum (in ancient Greece) the top part of a woman's attire, caught at the shoulders and hanging in folds to the waist
 
[C18: from Greek, of obscure origin]
 
peplus or peplus
 
n
 
[C18: from Greek, of obscure origin]

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peplus

garment worn by Greek women during the early Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods (i.e., up to about AD 300). It consisted of a large, rectangular piece of material folded vertically and hung from the shoulders, with a broad overfold. During the early periods, it was belted around the waist, usually beneath the overfold; if the overfold was long, however, the belt was sometimes placed on top of it, as seen in many statues of Athena.

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