> I have talked my good wife into joining the SCA. . .
> . . .she finds the 12th century, my period, pleasant enough. . .her
> real love is much earlier, some where in the Roman period.
Rome's been around for an awfully long time. Even if we assume you
mean something from the Empire, there are a lot of different periods
there. You'll have more luck with your investigations if you pick one.
> . . .one of her favorite movies is Anthony and Cleopatra, the Richard
> Burton/Liz Taylor version. . .
That movie is set in the second half of the first century B.C.E.
The clothing in it is, of course, from the second half of the twentieth
century C.E. (Authenticity was never Hollywood's main interest in
> For a Roman women's dress the stola/tunica seems straight forward
> enough. (I think) The palla is interesting not sure how it is going to
> wrap around her however what exactly would a women of Rome wear as an
> under garment.. . .Would she wear a second tuncia? Any thoughts or
> direction would be great.
Since the S.C.A.'s area of focus is the Middle Ages and Renaissance,
you're not likely to find a great deal of detailed information on 1st
c. B.C.E. Roman clothing through S.C.A. sites and mailing lists.
Fortunately, there is an active international community of re-enactors
interested in Roman history <http://www.larp.com/legioxx/groups.html
Their mailing lists and online fora would make good places to ask your
questions. Here are a few websites to get you started:
Virtual Roma's "Women's Clothing"
Ancient Worlds' Rome: Appearance forum
"The Roman Makeover" <http://www.sallypointer.com/makeover.htm
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