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Glass In Late Antiquity In The Near East

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This chapter explores some of the possible connections between three late antique strands of glass technology and application in the Near East: windows, lighting, and finally, recycling. Glass has long been acknowledged to have influenced two major innovations in the use of internal space within the Roman world: firstly, during the Principate, when window-panes were first applied to bath-houses to maintain humidity and temperatures, whilst casting light into dark interiors, and secondly, in the 4th century A.D., when oil-lights made of glass were finally adopted as an effective medium for ceiling-lighting. In the Levant, there is surprisingly little published evidence for window panes in any Early Roman houses, regardless of whether domestic houses were built in stone or in a mixture of stone and mud-brick superstructure.

Keywords: bath-houses; glass technology; late antique; Levant; Near East; Roman world



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