Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. I did a rather brief review of the literature in order to determine the prevailing infuences on the dress of the day in which Paul ministered to  the Greeks, which may have been approximately AD 47 -66 ( Greek dress varied at different periods of its history, but Gorsiline (1974) indicates that there was considerable nakedness due to the pagan ethics and influence. For example, the snake goddess is depicted wearing a dress with a tightly fitted bodice with the breasts exposed (her body is surrounded by three snakes). The priestess wore the same kind of bodice in temple worship (Houston 1931). Working women at one period wore a similar kind of bodice with a transparent vest over the breasts (allowing exposure of the breasts). Another kind of clothing, the doric chiton, also allowed for exposure of the body. Gorsline (1974) also indicated that wealth was displayed by very elaborate and cunningly worked jewelry such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches.
While this is in no way intended to be an exhaustive search, I hope that it whet your appetite and led to a greater understanding of just what Paul was dealing with. Next time I come back, does anything in the female dress style sound familiar in our context? Food for thought on the devil’s strategies!


Gorsline, Douglas W (1974)What people wore : a visual history of dress from ancient times to twentieth-century. America. New York: Bonanza Books.

Houston, Mary Galway (1931) Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine costume and decoration (including Cretan costume).2nd ed. London:A. & C. Black, limited.

Yearwood D (1978) The encyclopedia of world costume. Great Britain: Charles Scribner’s Sons.