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The material world of the Roman fullo - MIKO FLOHR, THE WORLD OF THE FULLO. WORK, ECONOMY, AND SOCIETY IN ROMAN ITALY (Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy; Oxford University Press2013). Pp. xviii + 401, figs. 137, plans 22. ISBN 978-0-19-965935-7.

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1 Cf. Liu, J., Collegia centonariorum: the guilds of textile dealers in the Roman West (Leiden 2009), and the Purpureae Vestes series produced by the Universidad de València (2008, 2010, 2011). Flohr correctly notes (65) that there is very little interaction between scholarly debates about dress in Roman society and those about the textile economy.

2 Borgard, Ph. and Puybaret, M.-P., “Le travail de la laine au début de l’empire: l’apport du modèle pompéien. Quels artisans? quels équipements? quelles techniques?,” in Alfaro, C., Wild, J.-P. and Costa, B. (edd.), Purpureae vestes I. Actas del I symposium int. sobre textiles y tintes del Mediterráneo en época romana (Valencia 2004) 4759.

3 Monteix, N., Les lieux de métier: boutiques et ateliers d’Herculanum (Coll. Centre Jean Bérard 34, 2011) 216–17, with review in this issue by A. Wallace-Hadrill.

4 Moeller, W. O., “The lanifricarius and the officinae lanifricariae at Pompeii,” Technology and culture 7 (1966) 493–96.

5 Borgard and Puybaret (supra n.2) 51-52.

6 Monteix (supra n.3) 170.

7 Flohr even excavated possible fulling establishments himself in instances where modern layers had obscured a previously excavated workshop (29).

8 See, e.g., Sen., , De tranq. 1.5; Granger-Taylor, H., “The emperor’s clothes: the fold-lines,” Bull. Cleveland Mus. Art 74.3 (1987) 114–23. Cf. also Croom, A., Running the Roman home (Stroud 2001) 108–11: “it is likely Romans looked a lot more crumpled than modern tastes would accept” (111).

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