Roman and Greek Costume Ideas
Everyone had a boring history teacher at some point during their life. Despite how that experience may have shaken your love of historical cultures, we're here to bring you a fresh perspective on the some of the most influential cultures to ever exist, the ancient Romans and Greeks. From their epic mythology, featuring gods and goddesses that could control the very elements, to powerful gladiator warriors and regal Spartan queens, the ancient world was filled with plenty of interesting characters. It even spawned plenty of television series, like Xena and Hercules! Of course, that means their rich history is ripe with great ideas for Halloween outfits. You can bet that we did our homework and dug up some of the best Roman and Greek costume ideas that you can wear to any costume party for a history lesson your friends and family won't soon forget!
Both the ancient Romans and ancient Greeks possess a rich pantheon of powerful goddesses. These goddesses controlled everything from love, to nature, to hunting and even cleanliness. If you're a woman looking express your personality, then chances are that there's a goddess who will let you act like a deity for Halloween, or your next party. Just take a look at some of the great Greek goddess costume options we have below to get your ideas churning!
Roman and Greek Goddess Costumes
If we're to believe all the sculptures form the ancient world, then a great Greek or Roman goddess costume starts with a beautiful flowing gown. Most of the artwork depicting the goddesses of old has them wearing this garment, which is both elegant and simple. That's great for you, since you can easily start your costume experience by using a Greek goddess dress and adding your own costume accessories to become the divine being of your choice. Want to be Amphitrite, Goddess of the sea? Then just grab our women's Greek Goddess costume and add some accessories from our mermaid costumes section. Looking to become Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the hunt? Just use our adult goddess costume and add a bow and arrow accessory.
Everyone knows about Aphrodite. She reigns over the love and beauty, and she takes her role very seriously! If you plan on dressing up as her, then you're going to have to put some deep thought into your look. Of course, beauty means a lot of different things to different people, so where do you even begin when you're trying to sculpt the perfect Aphrodite outfit? Perhaps your idea of beauty is an elegant purple dress, lush with gold accents like our exclusive Aphrodite costume. Or maybe you think a sexy Greek goddess costume symbolizes your idea of beauty. Well, the good news is that you can use your own taste and instinct to guide your selection. Just follow your own idea of beauty to create a look fit for the Goddess of love.
Alright, so technically, Medusa is not a goddess herself, but she's deeply entwined with classic Greek mythology. Medusa has a couple of different backstories. In some tellings of her story, she's one of three sister Gorgons. In others, she's the victim of Athena's seemingly unjust punishment for Poseidon's nefarious acts. Either way, she's an interesting character that makes for a great costume and she has snakes for hair, which is reason enough to dress up like her. This Medusa costume channels a classic look into a modern costume, allowing you to embrace her monstrous nature, while still remaining elegant and sexy. Otherwise, we have plenty of other Medusa costumes to check out. Just make sure to keep your distance from Perseus and that shiny shield of his. He's not trying to make friends with you!
Spartan Queen Costume
Of all the city-states of ancient Greece, Sparta may be the most famous. Known for its war-like culture, we can only imagine what kind of attitude the Queen of such a land might be like! Gorgo is perhaps the most famous of female leaders in Sparta. If you want to pull off a look that will have you looking like the natural born leader that you are, then you may want to consider this Spartan Queen costume. The costume has a slightly sexy goddess look to it, despite not actually depicting an Olympian deity. That way you can enjoy all the pleasures of being a human being without all the expectations that come with being a true goddess.
Goddess Costumes for Kids
Some girls want to be princesses, but why settle for being just a normal princess when they can be a goddess? Goddess trumps a princess any day! Not only do goddesses get to govern over the forces of nature, but they also get cool powers. Artemis has skills with a bow and arrow that are second to none. Circe had the power to turn her enemies into helpless little piggies. Athena was smarter than any of the other deities. There are plenty of great choices and you can find some of the best costumes to get the job done with some of our goddess costumes for kids. You can see some of our best ones below.
Greek Goddess Costumes for Kids
While we have some costumes tailored to becoming specific goddesses, sometimes it's just more fun to choose the goddess your child likes the most! The start to any Greek goddess outfit includes a flowing white gown with gold accents. That means you can use this child Greek goddess costume or this child goddess costume. Each of them create a look fit for Mt. Olympus, so all you need to do is add a couple of accessories to customize and fill out the look. If you want to create an Artemis costume, then all you need to do is add a bow. If you want to create a Hera costume, just add a laurel crown. The possibilities are endless!
Greek Goddess Athena Costume
Athena, who was known as Minerva to the Romans, was the goddess of wisdom, war and heroic endeavor. In Greek culture, she was even credited with inventing the flute. As such a wise and courageous icon, she makes a pretty good role for any strong young girl. This child Greek goddess Athena costume brings your little girl a style that puts a subtle spin on the classic white toga look. She'll feel like a wise little goddess in no time!
Greek Goddess Aphrodite Costume
Aphrodite, known as Venus to Romans, was known as the goddess of beauty and love. If your girl is a little cutie with a heart of gold, then she may just be the perfect girl to play the role of the compassionate goddess. This Greek goddess Aphrodite costume has a lavish purple color scheme that's perfect for letting your girl transform into a true image of beauty and compassion. The gold accents also help provide an elegant style that any goddess would be proud to be seen wearing.
Roman and Greek God Costumes
It's the guys' turn! Both Greek and Roman culture produced some of the most iconic champions the world has ever known. Hercules successfully defeated the Nemean Lion. He diced the Hydra to pieces and he eventually reclaimed his place in Mt. Olympus. Zeus defeated the prolific Titans in an epic battle to gain his freedom. If you're an intrepid man on his path to becoming a god-like, toga wearing hero (sounds a little like a video game that we played), then you may just be ready to transform yourself into a deity with one of our Roman and Greek god costumes. Here are some of our favorites.
First up on our list is the mighty Hercules! He's the demigod son of Zeus and boasts the strength of a whole army of men. Most of you might remember him as Kevin Sorbo from the 90's television series, but he was actually a pretty popular character in classic Greek stories. A good Hercules costume is all about presenting the image of a strong warrior, which means rugged-looking armor and a cape never hurts. We offer many great options for transforming you into the classic Greek demigod, including this classic Hercules outfit with dark faux-leather armor and this simpler Hercules costume version with lighter armor and a satin cape. Make sure you pick up one of our toy swords to go along with the outfit, since a warrior is only as good as his weapon!
Zeus (a.k.a. Jupiter to the Romans) is known for many different things. He's the king of all gods, he likes lightning bolts a lot and he's a bit of a player (much to the dismay of Hera). Hey, 2 out of 3 isn't too bad, right? If you want to look like the mighty ruler of Mt Olympus, then you're going to want a high-class outfit with plenty of silver accents—after all, Zeus is a high roller, living on top of Mt. Olympus. We have this Zeus costume, which comes with silver accents and lightning bolts, which fit both of those requirements. Just for fair warning, if you decide to be a lady killer while wearing it, expect to incur the full wrath of Hera.
A lot of awesome stuff happens in the water. Jet skiing, scuba diving and competitive inner tube dancing are just a couple of examples. According to the Greeks, we owe all that cool stuff to Poseidon (known as Neptune to the Romans), the master of the seas! If you love the water, then he may be the god for you. This Poseidon costume brings you a set of regal chest armor and a robe that's fit for ruling over the oceans of the world. Of course, it includes a cape and a crown, because what self-respecting ruler of the sea would lead without wearing a crown and cape? Once you have it all on, you'll feel like declaring yourself the master of all things water, like the kitchen sink and garden hose!
Roman and Greek Costumes for Couples
Both Greek and Roman mythology is filled with a pantheon of gods and goddesses, as well as plenty of heroes and power couples, so it seems only natural that it the whole crew of deities makes for a great selection for couples costumes. Do you want to be a pair of Roman gladiators? You could be Julius Ceasar and Cleopatra. You could even be a couple of Spartan warriors. Let's take a look at some of the many options you have when choosing a Roman or Greek couple theme.
Couples Greek Warrior Costumes
Greek was home to plenty of courageous warriors. A small force of Spartans famously held off Xerxes army, which numbered into the hundreds of thousands (probably not quite the millions that legends of old depict of the Battle of Thermopylae). If you and your mate are a force to be reckoned with, then dressing up like a couple of Greek warriors might be a perfect fit. These matching outfits have a stoic charm about them that is both powerful, yet enticing. When wearing this male Greek warrior costume, a guy may just feel as fierce as Ares, the God of War. A woman wearing this Greek Olympia costume may just feel herself invigorated with the battle prowess of Athena! Or… you might just feel like heading out to win first place at a costume party. Just sure you add some a good shield to your costume. You'll need one if you want to form a perfect hoplite phalanx to defend your city-state from intruders!
Couples Toga Costumes
Perhaps the most iconic image of Roman society is the toga. Worn by commoners and royals alike, the simple garb is comfy, yet elegant. It's sort of a wonder why we don't wear togas in everyday life these days! If you and your significant other are headed to a toga party, or just want to have a classic Roman toga costume to show off at your next costume party, then look no further than these distinguished costumes. Our exclusive mens toga gives a look that matches that of the popular image of Roman and Greek nobility. This deluxe toga for women mixes the traditional toga with a slightly modern cut for a look that's both graceful and sexy. Adding a golden laurel accessory and some gold roman cuffs quickly turns this costume set into a Julius Caesar and Cleopatra couples costume.
Couples Gladiator Costumes
The couple that battles together stays together. After all, there's nothing quite like the bond between two combat hungry lovers who've just fought through a legion of enemies inside the Colosseum! But if you want to survive inside the ring like a true gladiator, then you and your significant other will need some rigorous combat training, nerves of steel, or at the very least, a pair of really awesome outfits. These matching gladiator costumes for men and women fit the ticket! This male Roman gladiator costume gives any guy a rough and rugger look, complete with faux leather armor, while the women's gladiator costume exudes the look of a graceful swordmaster. Just make sure to check out our toy weapons before you go heading into the Colosseum to battle against lions in the pit!