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Re: Garb

Poster: Michael Surbrook <susano@access.digex.net>

On Tue, 22 Apr 1997, Terry L. Neill wrote:

> True, deep, lasting purple came from a small shelled sea creature, whose name I
> can't remember.  It was very expensive - each individual creature producing one
> drop of color.  Because of it's expense and prestige, the Romans reserved that
> color for the Imperial family and other aristocrats (and senators, I think).

I believe that the shell is called a 'murex'.  It's a type of snail with a
heavily spined shell.  

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