by Amy Azzarito FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST Ariel says: May 1, 2013 at 9:49 am I am so excited for this series! I love learning about color. Great idea, Amy. And a great start. Purple is my favorite color! Reply Sarah says: May 1, 2013 at 10:05 am Colors and history… love! Thanks. Reply FripperyVintage says: May 1, 2013 at 10:35 am Very interesting! Love purple. Reply MB@YarnUiPhoneApp says: May 1, 2013 at 10:48 am So interesting that there are so many shades of purple…I’ve a knitting friend who’s been knitting in shades of purple since before it was trendy. I always gave her a hard time about it. I haven’t seen her in a while…I wonder if she’s moved behind this hue? Me, personally? I didn’t have much of this color in my wardrobe until the recession slammed my wardrobe like a wayward truck on the highway. So what do I have now? Three skeins of a lavender Merino silk blend from LambShoppe in Denver. Knowing me, I won’t do anything with it until the recession is over…then I’ll will look **so** 2013 in whatever I knit. Ha. Reply Catherine says: May 1, 2013 at 11:46 am LOVE that color, I must be Roman. Reply Lauren Stephens says: May 1, 2013 at 11:47 am Later Roman emperors were distinguished by an entirely purple toga, but the Roman elite were in earlier years the only people to wear purple simply because of the high cost of the dye. Senators and upper magistrates were distinguished by a purple stripe on their togas, and an elite woman would certainly wear purple if she could afford it! Reply erin says: May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm This is a beautiful graphic, nicely done! Reply Lisa Hendrickson says: May 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm I like this as I’m so passionate about all things Italy! Please keep up this great column! Reply Bonnie says: May 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm This post makes me want to say one thing…”Go Frogs!!!” Reply Megan Lagueruela says: May 2, 2013 at 9:14 am Nerd Alert: In the 1790’s (?) during a science homework experiment gone wrong, the first chemically created color was produced, the color Mauve. This instigated the Mauve Revolution because it was the first time that all classes could afford to use the color purple. Reply Maya says: May 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm Oh but it’s called Tyrian from Tyre an ancient Phoenician city, also on the mediterranean, which provided Rome with the dye… Tyre still exists, in Lebanon! Reply LEAVE A COMMENT Cancel reply Comment Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.