Bottles

ancient roman glass bottleContainers of all kinds have been used throughout history for many different purposes such as ancient Roman bottles.  Studying these bottles, baskets and containers you can gain insight into a particular culture. Archaeologists have found ruins from many different civilizations, including ancient roman ruins and here are a few things they have learned about the people. The term glass first came to be in the latter days of the Roman Empire and glass of all type was central to their way of life. Ancient Romans had many uses for glass bottles.

Perfumery

Even as far back as 100 AD, women enjoyed smelling nice. Perfumes or toilet water would be made from French lavender, crushed rose petals, saffron, myrrh and cinnamon. Which combination of fragrances a lady would use depended on the time of day, soft flowery scents for early use and heavier scents for late in the evening. One thing all fragrances had in common was the method of storage, tall thin glass bottles were the storage device of choice. Most of the time these ancient roman bottles would be small, thin necked and ornate.

Wine and Food

Another very common use for glass bottles in Roman high society was for serving wine. A bottle known as an amphora was generally used. This is a narrow necked two-handled jar that was also often used for carrying or storing oils such as olive oil, other food products could be stored in these vessels as well. Not long ago, a 2,000-year-old shipwreck was discovered in which three foot tall amphoras were present containing fish sauce, a condiment common for wealthy Romans.

After Death

Ancient Roman glass bottles were not only used for the living, they have been found in more than one Roman tomb. In fact, the majority of the existing glass bottles you will see today have been found in Roman burial grounds. Again, there were many reasons and purposes for ancient roman glass bottles, a bottle known as a lachrymatory was often used during burial, the tears of the mourners would be collected in these ornate bottles and entombed with the loved one. Cremation was a very common practice during ancient roman times and glass or ceramic bottles were used frequently to hold the ashes. Other glass bottles were placed in the tomb for the deceased use after death as ancient Roman society believed in some kind of consciousness after death.

Materials

Ancient Roman bottles were not all made of glass, other materials such as alabaster, ceramic, stone and even precious metals were used to create many different types of vessels. It is rumored that the creation of glass was discovered by accident when sailors built a fire on the sands of a beach; however, there are those who will argue that glass was already in production in Egypt at the time of this story.

Conclusion

Whatever the truth is about glass's humble beginnings one thing is certain it quickly became a central part of life in many ancient civilizations. Some speculate, due to the sheer mass of glass from ancient Rome that it must have been widely produced and distributed throughout the area. Ancient Roman bottles remains tell us they were a highly sophisticated society not entirely unlike our own, though we now depend more on plastic than glass or ceramic.

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