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Greece, and Rome
In the first millenium
B.C., the Phoenicians warehoused Egyptian linen to be traded all
over the known world and may have even introduced flax into Britian
concentrated on growing wool, although they did raise flax in the
- Aeistophanes told of Greek women who adopted linen napkins
as handkerchiefs even though some diehards stayed with
- There was a fairly extensive household industry in the
fifth and fourth centuries BC, but more linen was manufactured
in Greek colonies than in Greece proper.
was similar for ancient Rome. A little flax was raised, most of
the industry was in the home, and the colonies furnished the
largest quantites of linen.