The Romans divided the combatants in the circus into classes,
called factions, each class being distinguished by its special colour,
like the crews of a boat-race. The four original factions were the
leek-green (prasina), the sea-blue (veneta), the white
(alba), and the rose-red (rosea). Two other factions
were added by Domitian, the colours being golden-yellow (aurata
) and purple. As these combatants strove against each other, and
entertained a strong esprit de corps, the word was easily
applied to political partisans. In the faction riots of Constantinople,
A.D. 532, above 30,000 persons were killed. (Latin, factio).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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