The luminous amber of this glass wine beaker gleams with the fire of ancient Roman revelry, brimming with the rich wine shared by nobility and commoners alike. The beaker sits soundly on a thickly shaped base, while the top flares widely out into a thick and unwieldy mouth.

This glass dates from approximately 100 C.E. – 300 C.E., a time when Rome’s strength was on the wane. Yet somehow, Rome’s zealous citizens continued to drink freely and often, a practice often mentioned by the historians of antiquity.