Saturday, January 2, 2010

The history of the color purple

Purple was the color worn by senators in Ancient Rome. It became the color of Royalty when Octavian became the first Emperor of Rome and named himself Augustus Caesar. That was around 40 BC, but I don't know the exact date. Purple was always the color of Roman Emperors, and then the Byzantine Emperors. It went from there to the courts of Medieval Europe. In medieval Europe, blue dyes were rare and expensive, so only the most wealthy or the aristocracy could afford to wear them. (The working class wore mainly green and brown.) Because of this (and also because Tyrian purple had gone out of use in western Europe after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476), Europeans' idea of purple shifted towards this more bluish purple known as royal purple because of its similarity to the royal blue worn by the aristocracyViagra Products
This was the purple worn by kings in medieval Europe.

Me thinks his majesty is trying to make a point.......on this, his inauguration day.

The dynasty continues.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All Hail Caesar Maximus Bloomberg.