The Roman 'Frantic Passion for Purple' (Pliny 9.66): A Geographic Analysis of the Murex Dye Industry from the late Roman Republican Period to Late Empire.

Susmann, Natalie.


  • Abstract: Murex shells (Murex trunculus) were popular in antiquity because they were used to create the famed “Tyrian Purple” dye. During the Roman Republic and Empire, the dye was expensive and employed to display social status among the ruling elites. This thesis focuses on the archaeological evidence of Roman murex production, distribution, and consumption, and includes a provisional ... read more
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