Bolinus brandaris, the sea snail that produces Tyrian purple
Bolinus brandaris, the sea snail that produces Tyrian purple

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Pliny, Natural History (bk. IX, ch. 38)
Pliny, Natural History (bk. IX, ch. 38)

Pliny the Elder (1st century BCE) describes the method for making Tyrian purple

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Tyrian purple on paper
Tyrian purple on paper

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Bolinus brandaris, the sea snail that produces Tyrian purple
Bolinus brandaris, the sea snail that produces Tyrian purple

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