Season after Pentecost, 2023
Look, clearly this kithara player is wearing an early version of the modern day Cassock and Cotta. The robe is called a chiton and the outer piece is a himation.
Any discussion of Greek musical clothing naturally leads one to reflect on the Greek influence in the architecture of Washington, D. C. And as a side note, I would add that the Greeks believed that music was a powerful thing because it was able to shape human character and behavior.
This leads us to the marble halls of the Justice Department in Washington, from whence we can consider the "music" of the Justice Department, by which, of course, I mean "Let the Eagle Soar" by Attorney General John Ashcroft.
The Greeks also undertood the politically subversive power of music and tried to use this to some degree.
The Greeks, unlike Ashcroft, were comfortable with nude statues. But I don't think Ashcroft would want to clothe the "Spirit of Justice" statue with a chiton.
Rather, he has chosen to clothe himself with another item in the Greek wardrobe: humiliation.
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