Mosaic portraying three young girls wearing what look like bikinis: one is holding small dumbbells, one is in the act of throwing a discus, the other is running. Two of the girls have blonde hair, the third has brown hair. The discus throwing girl is wearing golden bracelets, necklace and ankle bracelets
Detail from the mosaics inside the Villa Romana del Casale — Wikimedia Commons

Toga? No Thanks! The Bikini Girls of Ancient Rome

The Chamber Of The Ten Maidens reveals what Roman women were like

Giulia Montanari
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4 min readJun 22, 2023

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Archaeologists working in Sicily in the 1950s must have been quite pleased when, among sweet-smelling orange groves, jasmine bushes, and bright purple bougainvilleas, they stumbled upon an extraordinary Roman villa — renamed Villa Romana del Casale — that had remained…

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Giulia Montanari
Exploring History

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