marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

tidbits cross time

During the American Revolution, one Hessian prisoner of war found being marched through Philadelphia more painful than most:  his aunt recognized him and berated him for coming to attack his own relatives.

In the early USA, the south was less moralistic about tramps and other such wanderers without a means of support.

In the nineteenth century, the places of entertainment were Broadway and the Bowery, which had a sharp class distinction.  The Bowery B'hoys could make life quite rough for any upperclass man who went so far as to try to pick up a working-class girl in the Bowery.

In Victorian times, Blenheim, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, had a servant who washed windows.  By the time he finished the last, it had been a year since he washed the first, so he started over.

Hellenistic marriage songs would often counter a bride's fear of losing her virginity and childbirth with reminders that youth was fleeting, and the rewards of children.

In Puritan New England, "virago" was a term of praise.

Victorian girls often played doll funerals, which was not considered morbid at the time.

In Athens, women would commonly hire themselves out as mourners, until this was abolished by law for women under the age of sixty.  Depictions of funerals generally portray women closer to the dead body, and they are the only ones to actually touch it.

During the civil wars of the late Roman Republic, some magistrates tried to levy a tax on the female relative of the proscribed.  This was rejected with scorn:  women do not pay taxes.  So what if it was time of war?  When had there not been war, and when had women been taxed to pay for it?

When the wedding invitations went out, a Victorian bride was supposed to stop appearing in society.  Even the bridegroom should not see her uxntil the wedding itself.

In Classical Greek sculpture, gods could appear nude but goddesses not.  In Hellenstic times this was eased up -- for Aphrodite only, unsurprisingly.
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