Purple, coloring substance synonymous with dignity and nobility

Purple, very ancient coloring substance used for fabrics already by the Phoenicians and extracted from the secretion of the glands of some gastropod clams. Purple has always been synonymous with high dignity or nobility. Among the Romans the purple color was the symbol of the senatorial and equestrian order, for the Byzantines it was worthy only of the king. Today it is the color of cardinal authority. Currently the same color is produced with synthetic dyes. 

Cloth dyed with Tyrian purple. The color could vary from crimson to deep purple, depending upon the type of murex sea-snail and how it was made.

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