period makeups: Ancient Greece & Rome

Antonia Minor
Octavia Minor
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
Hispania & Imperium
Rome other characters
Fellini Satyricon
Roman harlots
Queen Gorgo

Period makeups: Ancient Greece & Rome

Ancient Rome has a much less clearly perceived look than ancient Egypt (big on eyeliner, bald heads and braided wigs) so there’s been a wide variety of makeup styles in movie depictions, given coherence (if at all) by hairstyle.

This is perhaps hardly surprising since Ancient Rome in the movies typically runs from Julius Caesar to the fall of the Western Empire – over 500 years: more than twice the duration of the USA to date.

Ancient Greece is fascinating but very few female characters seem to appear in movies or TV shows. For the sake of convenience I have included the Trojan War in Ancient Greece – even though it legendary – and treated anything earlier as mythical.