Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 21, 2020

What is ancient Roman glass?

Roman Glass covers the period of time from the Roman Empire’s founding in 625 BC to its fall in AD 476. The Roman Empire conquered many countries, peoples and integrated dozens of cultures. They also made glass in many of these regions. The raw materials used to make the glass was mostly shipped into these countries though some glass making areas had their own resources. Generally chemical analysis of glass from these different manufacturing areas are very similar for this reason.

This is a break down of this time period: Roman Republic (510 BC – 40 BC),Imperial Rome (20 AD – 360 AD), Eastern Roman Empire (405 AD – 1453 AD) and Western Roman Empire (405 AD – 480 AD)

By Roke (d) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Animated map showing the rise and decline of the Roman Empire (Roke, 2006).


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