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Early Rome
circa 50 BC to AD 100


FISHBOURNE:
The Fishbourne is molded directly from an original lamp. It features a winged Cupid playing a flute while riding a dolphin.  This depiction was widespread throughout the Roman world, and can be found in many forms, including sculpture, paintings,  and mosaics. This lamp is named after the Roman period city of Fishbourne in England where a mosiac with this scene has been preserved. 

The original lamp used to make this replica was acquired by the noted classical archaeologist F.O. Waage, perhaps in the 1930's. The style conforms to those made in Cyrpus which Dr. Waage recorded in his publications, and may well have been a product of the island. 

The shape suggests a date of the mid 1st Century AD. 
(length about 3.5", width about 2.5")

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GLADIATOR:
The same original body as used for the Fishbourne but the discus features a standing gladiator, popular with Roman consumers for many centuries.

The shape suggests a date of the mid 1st Century AD. 
(length about 3.5", width about 2.5")


ANNVS NOVUS:
The latin inscription on this lamp's discus is copied from a Roman New Year's lamp now in the British Museum. The translation is about the equivalent of our own "Happy New Year". The words are abbrieviated and broken up here just as they are on the original (Romans weren't too concerned with punctuation). On either side are two "horns of plenty." Giving lamps to friends and family was a Roman tradition at the New Year. What better way to celebrate the 2nd millenium than with a tradition that dates back to the 1st! The body used for this lamp was made from a cast of an original lamp dating to the mid 1st century AD. 
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

CUNETIO:
Cunetio was a Roman settlement in England. The design on the discus of this lamp is styled after one now preserved in the British Museum in London, but this depiction of a bathing Aphrodite, called the Venus Accroopie, was found throughout the empire. She holds in her hand a shell, and has a handkerchief knotted about her head. The body style used for this replication is taken from the cast of an original dating to the mid 1st century AD. 
(about 3.75 x 2.5")
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SAMNITES:
Romans loved the games as much as Americans love football. In fact, there are quite a few similarities... Roman lamps often depicted gladiatorial contests. This scene depicts two Samnites and is adapted for this lamp from a mosaic scene in Kreuznach, Germany. Gladiators fought and dressed in specific styles that werre reflected in their armour, weapons, and methods of combat. Contrary to popular beliefs, the bulk of combats did not end in the death of one of the participants. These were highly trained athletes, and such waste would have been too expensive to their owners or managers. The body style used for this replication is taken from the cast of an original dating to the mid 1st century AD.
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

VINTIUM:
Grapes were a popular decoration on Roman lamps, just as wine was popular at Roman banquets. The Vintium, named for a Roman colony in France, has a grape bunch placed on the discus of an early Roman style lamp body dating to about AD 40-70. The body was made using a cast taken from an original Roman lamp now in England. 
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

TRIDENT:
Another lamp of the mid 1st Century, this example has a dolphin carrying a trident. Many examples of this motif are known from Roman times. The body for this lamp was made using a cast taken from an original Roman lamp now in England, the design hand carved into the gypsum mold using several originals as models.
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

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EROS:
Eros, or Cupis, appears with great frequency on Roman and Greek lamps. This winged Eros holds a torch. The lamp would date to the mid 1st Century AD.
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

CIRCESIUM:
Romans loved the excitment of the games, as well as exotic animals. This lamp, using the same original body as the previous lamp, has a running lion on the discus. Circesium was a Roman setlement in Syria. This lamp would be appropriate to the mid 1st century AD. 
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

SALARIA:
A plain utility lamp of the mid 1st Centiry AD. The body used to create the molds for this lamp came from a cast of an original Roman lamp now in a museum collection in England. 
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

TRIER:
The Trier, named after the Roman colony in Germany, is a copy of an original North Italian lamp dating to about AD 40-70. The scene is a quadriga or four-horse chariot- a popular sporting event at the Hippodrome in Rome and all around the empire. Remember Ben Hur? This lamp commemorates that type of excitement. The mold for this lamp was taken from a cast of the original.
(about 3.75 x 2.5")

KNOSSOS:
Knossos was a city on Crete. Among the many symbols found there is the double-axe, which look somewhat similar to elements on this lamp. This replica was molded directly from an original lamp dating to the late 1st through late 2nd Century AD.
(about 2.75" in diameter)
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NOVUM VINTUM:
A lamp body typical of the late 1st through late 2nd Century AD, as well as into the 3rd. The central discus features a grape bunch, and the shoulders are decorated with a repeating arc.
(about 3" in diameter)

TIVOLI:
This style was common from about AD 25 to AD 150. Later versions added handles, such as those found on the Roman Empire pages. This simple lamp features a design of impressed leaves around it's shoulders. (diameter 3.5")

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