Aurelian and Military Garb

He was likewise the first to allow common soldiers to wear golden fasteners, though previously they had had silver ones. He was also first to give embroidered clothes to soldiers, though previously they had received only straight-woven purple ones, and indeed, to some he gave ones with single bands, to others those with two bands, to others those with three bands and even up to five bands, like the linen ones of the present day.

ut fibulas aureas gregarii milites haberent idem primus concessit, cum antea argenteas habuissent. paragaudas vestes ipse primus militibus dedit, cum ante non nisi rectas purpureas accepissent, et quidem aliis monolores, aliis dilores, trilores aliis et usque ad pentelores, quales hodie lineae sunt.

Historia Augusta, Aurelian 46.5–6

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