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Title: Developments in Roman glass vessels in Italy, France, Britain and the Lower Rhineland, c.A.D.40 - A.D.110
Author: Cottam, Sally Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 1319
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis focuses on Roman glass vessels from the mid-1st century A.D to the late 1st and very early 2nd century A.D., specifically c.A.D.40-110. These years have long been identified as representing a significant episode in the story of ancient glass and witness a particularly remarkable period of change in glass vessel production across the Roman world. The purpose of this thesis is to further our understanding of what these changes are, when they occurred and the causes behind them. The first chapter presents the background to the research and demonstrates how the thesis relates to previous work in this field. The following three chapters focus on identifying those aspects of glass vessels that changed during this period and establishing a firmer chronological framework for these developments than has previously been possible. This is achieved by the analysis of carefully selected, closely dated glass assemblages from Britain, France, the lower Rhineland and Italy. The rationale behind the choice of sites is explained and factors influencing dating and quantification are discussed. Glass vessels from the selected sites are examined in detail in Chapter 4 and information relating to changes in form, colour and decoration are analysed and discussed in chapters 5 and 6. The implications of these findings are then assessed in the context of the development of the early imperial glass industry, particularly in relation to raw glass manufacture, scales of production, relationships between glassworkers and their materials, and the impact of glass working techniques on vessel form and finishing. The final chapter discusses wider factors in the Roman world that might have played an influential role in the manufacture and consumption of glass during this period, such as patterns of production and trade, political and military events and trends in other categories of decorative media and proposes new approaches to understanding glass development during this period.
Supervisor: Pearce, Richard John Hunter ; Wootton, William Thomas Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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