The present essay aims at reconstructing Ulpian’s thought on sheep wool, linum and versicoloria legacies through the exegesis of D.32.70 pr.-12 which will be gradually accompanied by the comparison with Paul. Sent. III 6.82. It also proposes to indicate the differences between legacies of sheep wool and legacies of linum and the differences between legacies of sheep wool, linum and versicoloria on the one hand and legacies of vestes or vestimenta on the other. The analysis of the texts will be completed by explanations (taken from ancient agronomic sources, Pliny’s Naturalis Historia, modern studies on ancient textiles and archaeological findings) on the process of textile manufacture widespread all over the ancient world.
lana, linum, versicoloria, vestis, vestimentum, spinning, warp-thread, weft-thread, warpweighted
vertical loom, two-beam loom, legacy.