Paenula (Latin: paenula) — an ancient Roman wide cloak without sleeves, which was fastened in front and protected from the cold and precipitation.
One of the most ancient images of penula is a bas-relief with a shepherd in Lucera, which dates back to the 4th-2nd century BC. There are also written references: for example, Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus mentions speakers "squeezed and as if locked in penula". This description confirms that the penula covered and covered the person almost completely. The raincoat could be fastened in front with a fibula or button. A distinctive part of the penula is the hood, which apparently could cover the head even with a helmet. The main material for sewing penula was coarse wool and cloth, in rare cases, raincoats could be sewn from leather. The color scheme was usually non-marking dark shades. The penula was usually quite long and fell below the knees, sometimes almost reaching the beginning of the foot.
A good example of a well-preserved penula is the "Cape with Hood from Lahuna", which is now in the University Museum of Philadelphia. It is made of wool dyed brown and yellow, heavy twill weave with a maximum geometric dimensions of 1:2. It has a long seam in the front and is an example of a type of Roman semicircular cloak and around the 4th century AD became known in Latin as "casula", or "house" (Wilson 1938). The diagram below shows that here the semicircle has a two-tiered rectilinear continuation, forming the upper shoulder area and hood. The raincoat is preserved in Philadelphia and is part of a collection of fabrics donated to the University Museum by Mrs. John Harrison in 1895. Mrs. Harrison was a sponsor of the British archaeologist William Flinders Petrie. Petrie, in a letter to the university museum, claims that he bought the fabrics in Lahun, in the Fayum district of Egypt, in the winter of 1884-1885 and that they date from about 600 AD. Подробнее о находке можно почитать в "Weaving Clothes to Shape in the Ancient World' 25 years on: Corrections and Further Details with Particular Reference to the Cloaks from Lahun. Granger-Taylor, 2007".
Penula can be present in the wardrobe of any reenactor of antiquity, both military and civilian. However, it should be borne in mind that representatives of different social groups wore penuls differently.
To create such a raincoat, you will need at least 3 meters of dense fabric - wool or cloth of a dark shade. Penul patterns differ in the shape of the hood.
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See Bartholinus "Commentarius de paenula", in Grevius ' Thesaurus (vol.VI); Marquardt, "Privatleben der Römer" (1886, p. 564).
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Weaving Clothes to Shape in the Ancient World' 25 years on: Corrections and Further Details with Particular Reference to the Cloaks from Lahun. Granger-Taylor, 2007