Tainia (costume)

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Coin of Perseus of Macedon wearing a "taenia" or "diadema" headband.

Tainia or taenia (Ancient Greek: ταινία)[1] is a word meaning "band", "ribbon", or "fillet".

It was used to designate the headband worn with the traditional ancient Greek costume. The headbands were worn at Greek festivals. Even the gods bound their heads with tainiai. Furthermore, cult images, trees, urns, monuments, animal sacrifices and the deceased had tainiai wound around them. They were later adopted by the Romans. A similar type of headband was the diadema, used as a symbol for kings.


  1. ^ "Tainia." Brill’s New Pauly. Brill Online, 2013. Reference. 28 June 2013

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