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Here are a few more test renders of Verina, my Roman prostitute character, where I was working on poses, the transparency of her dress, etc. I was thinking of using these for crowd scenes, maybe a few hours after the crucifixion or the next day. People would get tired of standing around watching, but they might sit around on the ground, visit and chat, get drunk, have a picnic lunch, etc. while watching the entertainment.

On the technical side, this is a difficult pose. The chiton she is wearing is dynamic cloth, which requires an animation sequence, beginning with the girl standing, then moving to this sitting pose with the cloth draping and following until it comes to rest in this pose. It becomes a bit complicated when she's in the sitting position because the cloth has to collide against both her and the ground, and if they're too close together the math will blow up and you'll get a mess.

Since this is not really a crux scene, I don't know that anyone will be interested in this, but here they are.

I liked the transparent ones best but all are very good! Since it is warm day the lighter cloth would be used to protect her from insects. I would guess she is very proud of her body!
 

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Roman prostitutes, at least about the time of the late republic/early empire, were required to wear red togas ("flame red" according to Colleen McCullough, not sure where she got that). The toga was generally reserved for men, but prostitutes were an exception, maybe because a toga was quick and easy to get out of. I didn't have a toga to put on Verina, so I settled for a short chiton instead, and I made it flame red because I wanted her to stand out.
The Classical sources seem to vary between red and yellow,
so probably a very bright, flame-like colour (like you've given her) was favoured.
She would probably have worn a short chiton like that under her toga -
which wouldn't have been a great robe like the men wore,
but something lightweight, revealing, even transparent -
silk or other exotic threads for a high-class whore,
a simple piece of coloured cloth for a cheap one.
There's a very good short piece here:
http://www.romanarmy.net/prostitutes.shtml
 
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jedakk

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The Classical sources seem to vary between red and yellow,
so probably a very bright, flame-like colour (like you've given her) was favoured.
She would probably have worn a short chiton like that under her toga -
which wouldn't have been a great robe like the men wore,
but something lightweight, revealing, even transparent -
silk or other exotic threads for a high-class whore,
a simple piece of coloured cloth for a cheap one.
There's a very good short piece here:
http://www.romanarmy.net/prostitutes.shtml
Yes, I actually had found that page and captured it into a PDF for further reference. There are some good quotes on there from some contemporary writers about this:

‘No concealment here! You can see her almost naked in her Coan dress, and make sure that her thigh is not misshapen or her foot ugly; you can measure her flank with your eye’. This quote from the poet Horatius speaks of the Freedwomen who, as we have said, made up most of the population of the prostitutes in Rome. Similarly, Seneca wrote: ‘There I see silken clothes, if they can be called clothes which protect neither a women’s body nor her modesty, and in which she cannot truthfully declare that she is not naked.

So Verina is actually advertising, showing off her goods to attract customers. Also because of that, she's not the most ladylike when she's sitting around watching a crucifixion victim struggle on the cross:

 

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So Verina is actually advertising, showing off her goods to attract customers. Also because of that, she's not the most ladylike when she's sitting around watching a crucifixion victim struggle on the cross: -Jedakk

She looks like a lady to me...
LOL, well, looking like and acting like are two different things. For Verina, it was all business. Like Julia Lepida observed:

Whores in flame-red togas worked the crowd. There would be other women with their backs against crosses today, impaled on stiff penises rather than a rough wooden cornu between their legs.
 

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... and get them too .... :rolleyes:
Like the old saying, she's sitting on a gold mine! :devil:

Verina is also an interesting character (in my opinion, anyway) because she provides a reason why there are so many old crosses there. Seventeen years before this, 400 slaves were crucified there, the entire household of Pedanius Secundus after he was murdered. She told Sabina about that, also telling her that one of those slaves was Verina's mother.

While this story is fiction, in reality one of the ancient writers mentioned that the Sessorium became "a forest of crosses." Unfortunately, in reality Caesar Augustus had the place cleaned up in 15 BC, so the Sessorium was no longer there by Sabina's time. So I've taken some literary license as I don't know where the place of execution was by 79 AD, or if there was a certain place. Today, I think there's a railroad station and parking lot located about where the Sessorium used to be.
 

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Like the old saying, she's sitting on a gold mine! :devil:

Verina is also an interesting character (in my opinion, anyway) because she provides a reason why there are so many old crosses there. Seventeen years before this, 400 slaves were crucified there, the entire household of Pedanius Secundus after he was murdered. She told Sabina about that, also telling her that one of those slaves was Verina's mother.

While this story is fiction, in reality one of the ancient writers mentioned that the Sessorium became "a forest of crosses." Unfortunately, in reality Caesar Augustus had the place cleaned up in 15 BC, so the Sessorium was no longer there by Sabina's time. So I've taken some literary license as I don't know where the place of execution was by 79 AD, or if there was a certain place. Today, I think there's a railroad station and parking lot located about where the Sessorium used to be.
termini-central-station.jpg This one?
 

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The Termini Laziali is in about the right place. I'm basing this on measurements from a map of ancient Rome from Platner's book, using the Colosseum as a common landmark between the two. FYI, I have the map of ancient Rome from Platner's Topological Dictionary of Ancient Rome, upon which I have superimposed a contour map from present day. While the contours won't be completely accurate, the major features like the hills should be pretty close. This is how I could write about Sabina topping the hill just before the Esquiline Gate on her way to her crucifixion - that part wasn't completely made up.
 

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