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Rook, c. 100 BCE. Roman fresco, Pompeii.

last-picture-show: ““In the intoxication of falling, man was prone to believe himself propelled upward.” Hermann Broch, The Death of Vergil Anonymous Grave Painting in the Ruins of Pompeii ”

Roman Cobalt Blue Glass Pyxis with Conical Lid, ca. 2nd half of the 1st century B.C.

Roman Cobalt Blue Glass Pyxis with Conical Lid, ca. half of the century B.

ROMAN CAMEO DEPICTING A DOG  --  Agate  --  Circa 1st Century BCE-1st Century CE  --  No further reference provided

Roman Cameo Depicting A Dog -- Agate -- Circa Century Century CE -- No further reference provided. once part of The Marlborough Collection of gems, dispersed at auction in London in

Roman Cameo Glass Cup  --  Referred to as "The Morgan Cup" as it once belonged to the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan  --  1st Century  --  Thought to have been found in the ancient city of Heraclea Pontica, modern Eregli, Turkey.  The Corning Museum of Glass.

Roman Cameo Glass Cup -- Referred to as "The Morgan Cup" as it once belonged to the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan -- Century -- Thought to have been found in the ancient city of Heraclea Pontica, modern Eregli, Turkey. The Corning Museum of Glass.

Roman Inscribed Glass Beaker                                                                                                                                                        Culture :                  Roman, Roman Imperial                                              Period : 1st century A.D.                                          Material : Glass

Roman Inscribed Glass Beaker Culture : Roman, Roman Imperial Period : century A.

Glass beaker with inscription Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D. Culture: Roman Medium: Glass; blo...

Glass beaker with inscription Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian Date:

The Sunken City of Baia, Italy. It was a Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples.Baiae was even more popular than Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Capri. Baiae was sacked by Muslim raiders in the 8th century AD and was deserted because of malaria by 1500. Because of coastal subsidence most of Baiae is now under water in the Bay of Naples, largely due to local volcanic activity.

Dive at baia underwater Pompeii Naples, province of Naples, Campania region Italy

Roman glass cage cup, 4th century A.D. Inscription vivas panelleni bona(m). Heritage Museum Pljevlja, Montenegro

Roman glass cage cup, Roman, century A. Inscription vivas panelleni bona(m).

Roman cage vase, 4th century A.D. There is a dispute among scholars as to how these vessels were created. One theory describes a Roman glass technique called diatretum, where thick walled blanks were cut back to create the complex design. Another suggests the cups were cut from a two shelled plaster and quartz powder mold. Since plaster does not stick to glass and becomes brittle after contact with hot glass it could then be easily removed.

There is a dispute among scholars as to how these amazing vessels were created. One theory describes a Roman glass technique called diatretum, where thick walled blanks were cut back to create the

Herculaneum, Pompeii sister city, also buried in the eruption. Was hermetically sealed by the ash and lava so many items such as bone and wood were preserved, which was not the case with Pompeii. However, there is a modern city above herculaneum, so only about 25% has been excavated.

Herculaneum, Pompeii sister city, also buried in the eruption. Was hermetically sealed by the ash and lava so many items such as bone and wood were preserved, which was not the case with Pompeii.

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