Funny how things evolve. When I started writing stories in ancient Rome, I dressed my heroines in elegant jewels, wearing silks, and colorful makeup. And people asked in amazement, “They had this back then?” Oh yes, I assured. And they did.
Patrician women had a slave to guard her jewels and this slave could be killed or beaten if a piece went missing. Of course, Plebeian women appeared gaudy like a street whore. But there was a practical reason for that. They had to wear all their jewelry so none could be stolen.
Ahh, it’s all so romantic.
So, back to editing because i had forgotten that such gems and jewelry hadn’t come to Rome during the early Republic. (Don’t ya just love research?)
Then, Rome began its empire, claiming the glorious ideas of those they conquered. Not unlike the Crusades, they brought this wealth home, profited, adorned, and flaunted their finds. And eventually, this fashion evolved into the well-known Roman stereotype that started the fashion industry that we still bask in today.
Judy Ridgley's first book will be coming out this summer Vows of Revenge (two time Historical Romance finalist 2011) Set in...where else...Ancient Rome BC amid pirates, godfathers, and forbidden love. Visit her website www.jfridgley.com to see other books that will be out this year. Or visit her blog on Ancient Rome Julia Galeria Casca or her blog on Writers Riding. Writers Riding or her dreamin blog where dreams do come true Dreamin'