Purple is known as a ‘royal’ color because back when they relied only on natural dyes…

Royal_purple_croppedPurple is known as a ‘royal’ color because back when they relied only on natural dyes, purple came from sea snails and was the hardest dye to extract and produce so only royals could afford it. To put into perspective just how expensive it is, an ounce of gold is currently worth around $1,200. An ounce of Tyrian purple dye is worth roughly $100,000.

Caligula did what he could to embarrass and humiliate senate members…

Caligula did what he could to embarrass and humiliate senate members. He had a favorite horse, Incatitus, whom he clothed in the finest robes, suitable for the nobility. Caligula gave Incitatus 18 servants, a marble stable, an ivory manger and a jeweled collar. He required that those passing by bow to his horse and demanded that it be fed oats mixed with flex of gold and wine delivered by fine goblets. Often, the invitations were sent from the palace in the horse’s name. Incatitus was allowed to eat dinner at the emperor’s table. Dignitaries were forced to tolerate the horse as a guest of honor at banquets. Also, Caligula attempted to make Incatitus either a senator or a priest before the emperor’s death.



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