History of Roman Glass Making
Romans Adopt and Develop New Glass Blowing Technique, Making History.
As the Roman Empire became fully established and expanded, Romans absorbed the technologies of the people they conquered, modified them, and made them their own. “Roman” glass blowing techniques were further developed and spread. With the invention of the blowing pipe technique, glass making was completely modernized and glass could be freely shaped by hand. Under the reign of the first Emperor Augustus (1st century BC) glass-making became an important and profitable industry in the Roman Empire.
Roman Glass Products on High Demand.
Glass bottles were widespread in the ancient Roman Empire and were used for oil, perfume, kohl, and a whole range of other cosmetics, medicines, and ointments. It was also affordable for middle-class citizens and large quantities of glassware were made. Drinking cups, jewelry bracelets, rings, beads, amulets, and pendants were in high demand.
The Alexandrian and the Judean Glass – the Best in the Roman Empire.
The best glassmakers and workers in the Roman Empire were Alexandrians and Judeans. Alexandrians became famous for their clear transparent glass, while Judean glass was more colorful and opaque.