This is why the color purple was reserved for generals

Therefore, the Tyrian purple became a giant status symbol signifying wealth, power, and prestige. Roman emperors prohibited their citizens from wearing purple clothing, and if they did, they would face the death penalty. Purple was a distinct way of showing wealth and distinguishing the upper class in a more stratified way than gold did. Clothes made from the purple dye were exorbitantly expensive such that a single pound of purple wool was more expensive than a pound of gold, and a pound of the purple dye was equivalent to three pounds of gold.

By we are the mighty