Glass of the Roman Empire highlights from the Roman glass collection in The Corning Museum of Glass and traces the history of its glassmaking from the first century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. The accompanying text describes how these objects were made and what they depict—from gods and goddesses to birds, fish, and gladiators.
The book is in two parts. The first part traces the history of Roman glassmaking between about 100 B.C. and about A.D. 500 – from before the Romans completed their conquest of the Mediterranean until after their empire began to collapse. The second part illustrates 24 outstanding examples of Roman glass in the Museum’s collection and describes the methods that were used to make them. A glossary explains the names of glassmakers’ tools and techniques, and, at the end of the volume, there is a list of book and articles that discuss the Roman Empire and the achievements of its glassmakers.