The pileus (Greek πῖλος – pilos, also pilleus or pilleum in latin) was a brimless, felt cap worn in Ancient Greece and surrounding regions, later also introduced in Ancient Rome. The Greek πιλίδιον (pilidion) and Latin pilleolus were smaller versions, similar to a skullcap.
The pileus was especially associated with the manumission of slaves, who wore it upon their liberation. It became emblematic of liberty and freedom from bondage.
During the classic revival of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe it was widely confused with the Phrygian cap, (a similarly conical cap but which has the point softened and pulled forward). This, in turn, appeared frequently on statuary and heraldic devices as a ‘liberty cap’.
WHO ARE WE?
The Pileus is a co-operative media group, founded in late 2016 by a small number of activists based in various locations across the UK.
The corporate media tend to avoid stories which impinge upon their own interests, therefore many tend to favour the status quo. However, the same goes for a lot of new internet-based news outlets.
The main objective of The Pileus is to cover crucial issues and opinions that we feel are deserving of greater exposure.
We focus on the news and views that the mainstream media prefer not to, providing original content that cannot be found elsewhere on the internet, TV or in the newspapers.
In recent years, many talented writers have come to our attention through social media — voices which tend to be ignored by the British press.
Their views do not always chime with those of the extraordinarily wealthy men who own much of the UK’s corporate media.
We want to offer these writers a platform on which to publish their articles so that their thoughts can be experienced by a wider audience.
If you are interested in submitting an article of your own, please get in touch.