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In Roman times Cilicia exported the goats'-hair cloth, Cilicium, of which tents were made.
They also eschewed the luxuries and pursuits of settled life, and lived in tents, refusing to sow grain as well as to plant vineyards.
Tents, baggage-carts and battering-rams were carried on the march, and the tartan or commander-in-chief ranked next to the king.
He drew from the Moslems the mass of his infantry, and St Anselm visiting him at the siege of Capua, 1098, found "the brown tents of the Arabs innumerable."
A city of tents and shanties rose on the sand-dunes.