La Caracola y el Emperador / The Seashell and the Emperor

purpuraPara los griegos y sobre todo los romanos, los ropajes de color púrpura eran un símbolo de estatus y reservado sólo para los emperadores o senadores. Para lograr el color, se fabricaba un tinte a partit de conchas marinas de murex (se necesitaban unos 250.000 ejemplares para conseguir una onza de tinte!). En el siglo IV d.C. nadie que no fuera el emperador podía vestir completamente de púrpura.

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In ancient times, purple clothing was a status symbol and reserved only for emperors or senators. To achieve the color, a dye was made from murex seashells (250,000 murex animals were required to make one pound of Tyrian Purple!). It was the reason for anyone other than the emperor to dress completely in purple.

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