Hooded cloaks in Italy and the northwestern provinces of the Roman Empire
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In Roman times, hooded cloaks were highly valued and widespread garments because of their weather resistance. This study, however, illuminates more than the classical questions of all archaeological studies by typology, chronology, material and distribution. It is focused on a hitherto neglected aspect of this everyday object: its role in social communication. The historical and archaeological source material is analyzed with regard to the following questions: Are there persons or groups of persons whose habitus (in the sense of the French sociologist P. Bourdieu) include hooded cloaks? Which actors can be identified? Do they use special shapes of cloaks for that purpose? In what situations do they wear the garment and what messages do they convey? Where do the meaning assignments used come from? How do the actors deal with them? The areas under investigation are Italy and the north-western provinces of the Roman Empire during the period of the late Republic up to the Late Antiquity.
Jutta Zerres studied Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Prehistory, Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Egyptology at the universities of Bonn and Cologne. In 2002 she acquired a doctor's degree at the university of Cologne. She was a research associate at the University of Passau before she received a research fellowship from the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz. Later on, Jutta Zerres also worked at the RGZM as an employee of science education and of the picture library. In parallel, she was a lecturer at the University of Mainz. Since 2015 she works as a self-employed archaeologist.