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Kor J Aesthet Cosmetol 2012;10(1): 7-14.
고대 로마와 신라 미용문화의 비교
A Comparative Study on the Beauty Culture between Ancient Rome and Shilla
Sun-Hee Jeong
A great number of artifacts which tell us about the cultural exchange between western countries and Shilla have been found in south-eastern Korea. In addition, it has been found some western literatures which mentioned Shilla and described its culture. Among them, ancient Rome culture is the most similar to Shilla’s one, and there were obvious evidences which can prove cultural trades between two countries. With these facts, this paper has questioned that these two countries might have traded the beauty cultures as well. Not surprisingly, plenty of common beauty cultures which they preferred were discovered. In spite of the long distance between ancient Rome and Shilla, it does not seem to be a problem back then. At first, this study has presented the ancient Rome and Shilla beauty culture’s characters, which mainly focused on the makeup, skin care, hair style and perfume areas. It has been followed by a comparison between these two countries, which demonstrated a common Roman and Shilla beauty culture, and also a difference of them. It has concluded that the beauty culture and industry in these two countries were prosperous due to the extension of women’s right, the impotance of an appearance for the social life, and the open mind for the other cultures. However, it was found that ancient Roman beauty was more extravagant and criticised compared to the beauty culture in Shilla. Overall, this paper has dealt with quite unique and interesting topic, seeing that the study in terms of the comparative beauty culture between ancient Rome and Shilla is quite rare. Since it has just covered 4 areas such as makeup, skin care, hair style and perfume, it need to be studied further. Therefore, there is a hope that this study become a foundation to study this field more and follow-up researches will study the ancient Rome and Shilla beauty culture more in detail.
Key words: Ancient Rome, Shilla, Beauty culture, Cultural exchange
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