Glass, alcohol and power in Roman Iron Age Scotland / Dominic Ingemark ; with drawings of the glass by Marion O'Neil.

Glass, alcohol and power in Roman Iron Age Scotland / Dominic Ingemark ; with drawings of the glass by Marion O'Neil.

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Ingemark, Dominic, author.
308 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
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O'Neil, Marion.
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"Roman glass from indigenous sites is a key source material for studying the impact of Rome on Iron Age Scotland, but it has never been properly studied. This work fills the gap. It is based on the Roman glass vessels found on non-Roman/native sites north of Hadrian's Wall, dated mainly to the Roman Iron Age (AD1-400). These often-overlooked broken sherds of glass are shown to be parts of sought-after and valuable items. The research sheds fresh light on aspects of Roman-native relations, most importantly the exchange of goods and ideas, and considers the problem of whether these finds represent loot or plunder, or were the outcome of some peaceful enterprise such as trade, exchange or present giving. The evidence points strongly to more peaceful processes, and leads to new insights on the intentions behind such exchanges. The sherds represent a range of vessels that were used for serving and drinking wine in a Roman context, reflecting a knowledge of Roman drinking customs among Iron Age elites. It is argued that these elites maintained their power not just by possession of such objects, but also by their restricted knowledge of these aspects of foreign culture"--P. [4] of cover.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-305) and indexes.
Introduction and methodology --
The Roman glass vessles and window glass from non-Roman/native contexts --
Analysis: the glass as a symbol of status and as an instrument of power. Glass and exchange ; Alcohol, 'generosity' and the exercise of power ; Glass, wine and knowledge: intellectual imports as a weapon of exclusion --
Glass, and the triad of status and power: wealth, 'generosity' and knowledge --
Appendix A. A brief description of the sites --
Appendix B. Vessels associated with wine in a Roman context found on non-Roman/native sites --
Stratigraphical and spatial analysis of the Traprain Law glass / by Fraser Hunter.
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Includes CMoG object: 59.1.88, p. 42, col. plate 4 (fig. 3.3.3).