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History, Facts and Information about Roman Children's Clothing

The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about Roman Children's Clothing. The clothing for children, both boys and girls were based on the styles and designs of the clothes worn by adult men and women.

The age of political majority was seventeen years old, however, children were perceived as young adults when they reached the age of fourteen years old.

Roman Children's Clothing - Boys Clothes
Although the colors, decorations and materials used in the manufacture of a Roman clothing varied the tunic and the cloak were the main items worn by Roman boys

  • The tunic (tunica) reached to the knees and had short sleeves. In the second century AD the style changed and long sleeves became acceptable in the tunic design

  • Boys wore cloaks which were used as protection from the weather was called a paludamentum and was fastened at the shoulder with a clasp, called a fibula. The cloaks often had head coverings attached to them

  • Boys wore a variety of different shoes, boots and sandals

Boys Roman Clothing - The Boy's Toga
By Roman Law only adult, male, Roman citizens were allowed to wear the toga virilis only upon reaching the age of political majority (seventeen). However wealthy and noble young men who were the sons of senators, from the age of fourteen until they were seventeen years of age were allowed to wear a toga bordered with purple, called the toga praetexta.

Roman Children's Clothing - Girls Clothes
Roman girls were not allowed to wear the stola until they are married. Although the colors, decorations and materials used in the manufacture of a children's clothing varied, the tunic and the cloak were the main items worn by Roman girls. :

  • The tunic (tunica). Girls wore a simple tunic with a belt at the waist. When they went outside, they wore a second tunic that reached their feet. 

  • Girls wore cloaks which were used as protection from the weather was called a paludamentum and was fastened at the shoulder with a clasp, called a fibula. The cloaks often had head coverings attached to them

  • Girls wore a variety of different shoes and sandals

Roman Children's Clothing - The Bulla
Roman children were presented with an amulet on a necklace called a bulla when they were first born. The bulla worn by Roman boys was a neck chain with a round pouch containing protective amulets, often phallic symbols which emphasised their masculinity. Girls were given an amulet as a protection against evil and was worn on a chain, cord, or strap. Girls wore their bulla until the eve of their wedding day, when their bulla was set aside with other childhood things such as her toys.

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