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Umbrellas and Their History

William Sangster

Book Overview: 

A whimsically serious look at the umbrella and society.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .="id00063">  "tas parthenons ton metoikon skiadaephorein en tais rompais
  —OElian, V. H., vi. 1.
[Footnote: "They compelled the maidens of the Metceci to act as
umbrella-bearers in the processions."]

Its use seems to have been confined to women. In Pausanias there is a description of a tomb near Pharæ, a Greek city. On the tomb was the figure of a woman—

"themapaina de autae prosestaeke skiadeion pherousa." —Pausanias, lib. vii., cap. 22, Section 6. [Footnote: "And by her stood a female slave, bearing a parasol."]

Aristophanes seems to mention it among the common articles of female use—

"aemin men gar son eti kai nun tantion, o kanon, oi kalathiokoi, to skiadeion." —Aristophanes, Thesmoph., 821. [Footnote: "For now our loom is safe, our weaving-beam, our baskets. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Starts off quite slowly but ends up being informative and hilarious. The story in Chapter 3 about the guy sailing "triumphantly into port" in his umbrella is a particularly lovely image to have in your head. I recommend it if you have a spare hour or two and want to know dozens of crazy facts about

This is not what I was expecting. I was expecting a book about the history of umbrellas - how and where and why they were developed. This does occasionally touch on those issues, but it's mostly a literary history of umbrellas. I don't really care about what people wrote about umbrellas (and I certa

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This was nice. I mean, turns out I wasn't that interested in the history of the umbrellas but I still enjoyed it, particularly the little poems here and there and the chapter that contains anecdotes involving umbrellas. I'm not gonna lie, I also payed attention to the tips about preserving your fait