Volume 38 / Issue 2


Issue Cover

Special Issue: Glass in the Roman World

Four examples of Roman glass in the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (left to right):

  • unguentarium, Collection Object Number: 86-35-102
  • onyx-ware bottle, Collection Object Number: MS 5263
  • grape flask, Collection Object Number: MS 5114
  • square bottle, Collection Object Number: MS 5124

Photo by H. Leedom Lefferts, Jr.

Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses

By: David Whitehouse

Gold-glasses—objects with gold foil ornament sandwiched between two fused layers of glass—were the first category of Roman glass to attract the attention of antiquarians and collectors in the 17th century. The antiquarians were interested primarily because most gold-glasses were discovered in cata­combs, the underground galleries where early Christian and Jewish communities buried their dead. Some […]

Glass in the Roman World

By: Lee Horne

In the fall of 1997, more than 180 Roman glass ves­sels from the University of Pennsylvania Museum will be placed on display—most for the first time ever. The exhibition, Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change, is being organized and curated by Stuart Fleming, Scientific Director of MASCA here at the Museum and Guest Editor of […]

Musings and Visions from the Director’s Desk – Summer 1996

By: Jeremy A. Sabloff

It is a great privilege and honor for me to be the eleventh Director (and the second Charles K. Williams II Direc­tor) of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. It is a particular pleasure to succeed Bob Dyson and to be able to acknowledge all that he has accomplisher these past dozen years. In looking over […]

The Boudican Uprising and the Glass Vessels from Colchester

By: Hilary E. M. Cool

In AD 60 the town of Colchester, about 85 kilometers northeast of London (Fig. 2), was burnt to the ground and its inhabitants slaughtered during a native revolt led by the Oceanian queen Boudica. The remains of this early town are now buried 2 to 3 meters below the modern town, and so are not […]

Drugs and Medicines in the Roman World

By: John Scarborough

The doctor stepped softly out of the sickroom, where Licinius was breathing his last. Rattling, rasping, wheezing, gasping for air, the senator had accepted death and requested that his friend and physician, the medicus Marcus Junius Asclepiades, leave the opos lozenges next to the bedside. Caecina son, Publics Licinius Caecina, was last to leave the […]

Early Imperial Roman Glass at the University of Pennsylvania Museum

By: Stuart J. Fleming

Five years ago, when the ideas underlying the forthcoming exhibition Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change were still in embryo, I did the logical academic thing—I set aside some time to put together a bibliography of where the Museum’s glass collections had been previously published. General exploration of the Mediterranean Section’s storage areas had alerted […]