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In a message dated 97-04-22 12:48:24 EDT, you write:
<< Romans reserved that
color for the Imperial family and other aristocrats (and senators, I think).
Actually, again it depends on ther Roman period. During the republic at least
any person who could afford it could have tyrian purple. Some famous brothels
had tyrian purple hangings. Some emperors reserved the right, others didn't
care, or just taxed the hell out of it.
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