Did the ancient Romans wear underwear??
The Romans—like numerous peoples before them—most certainly did wear underwear, the most fundamental of which was a loincloth knotted on both sides. It went under a number of names, such as subligaculum or subligar, a protective affair common on athletes. Women wore similar undergarments, as well as an undertunic (like a slip) called a supparus or supparum, as well as a band called a strophia or faschia directly over the breasts, or one offering support from below them called a mamillare or cingulum.
Appearing in public wearing only those basics marked one as a slave, gladiator or someone of low social status. What one wore over them denoted one’s social standing. In Rome, as today, clothes made the man (or woman).
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