glo-Saxon, seolc, and so on.
The first ancient Western author who mentions it distinctly is Aristotle; in his time it is believed to have been imported in skeins from Asia and woven in Cos. The references to it in later authors are numerous.
Crassus found that the Parthian troops had silken flags attached to gilt standards.
The silken and embroidered robes of Cleopatra are celebrated by various authors, — Lucan, for instance.
It long remained an expensive luxury: Heliogabalus, it is said,authors.
Pliny informs us that he knew of no building faced with marble of greater antiquity than the palace of Mausolus, king of Caria, described by Vitruvius.
This was erected 350 B. C. According to one authority, Crassus was the first Roman who embellished his house with marble, about 90 B C., but it soon afterward became common, and several of the palaces of the Caesars were made of it. Cornelius Nepos states that Mamurra (at a little later date) was the first