Session 2, 2011: Roman Glass, by Sarah BlenkoPresentation Transcript
Roman Glass Sarah BlenkolEcomuseum Cap de CavallerialSession 2
Glass discovered 2200 B.C. in northwestern Iran Glassblowing discovered in Syro-Palestine Region 1stc. B.C. Late 1st c. BC Emperor Augustus encourages crafts to move to Italian mainland 4th c. A.D. Emperor Constantine moves court to Constantinople (aka Byzantium or Istanbul) Timeline
Distinction between glassmakers and glassblowers; glassmakers could produce several tons of glass in one operation Mostly for middle or lower classes, but very fancy stuff for the rich More than 13 billion items of glassware made during Roman empire Romans had no word for glass before 60 B.C. Fun Facts
Used to hold perfumes, lotions etc. Also used as common household ware Cultural Context http://altoonsultan.blogspot.com/2009/12/at-met-greek-and-roman-study-collection.html http://www.romanglass.net/pages/3/index.htm http://www.romanglass.net/pages/3/index.htm
Used in funerals to either hold ashes or as grave goods Cultural Context II http://elogedelart.canalblog.com/archives/2009/04/29/13559931.html http://www.romanglass.net/pages/4/index.htm http://www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk/sebc/visit/410ad-865ad.cfm
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