The edict of Diocletian, Aria and cashmere


The article examines the types of animal fibre listed in Chapter XXV ‘On Wool’ in Diocletian’s Edict on Maximum Prices (AD 301). Wool from the leading sheep-rearing regions, the fibres from the mussel pinna nobilis, wool from rabbit or hare and – more controversially – ‘cashmere’ from ‘Aria’ all figure in Chapter XXV and are considered here from an archaeological perspective.

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Wool; Pinna nobilis; Rabbit hair; Cashmere

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