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Secret of imperial purple has been rediscovered

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A British amateur chemist has worked out how the ancient Romans dyed the togas of emperors this deep colour thanks to a bacterium found in cockles from the supermarket Tesco.


The hue had special significance as the colour of imperial power. Cleopatra also had the sails on her ship dyed the same colour. The recipe for the dye had been kept a craft secret, even in ancient Egypt and Rome. There are few references to the dying process in the historical literature.


full article at the BBC

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cockles? Meaning chickens right?

All these thing the rome did makes you wonder how man let it-self go into the dark ages.

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