1,600 years ago, in the fifth century, good relations with power demanded more or less the same as now, starting with the gifts. Seeking the favor of the Lord of the Roman Village of Veranes (Gijón), someone sent him a luxurious bottle of glass with a very particular inscription: "Drink and live many years, good man".
Only a small fragment remains of the bottle, which up to now has hardly been given importance. Despite its size, it was enough to include this hedonistic message written one part in Latin and one part in Greek, explain the archaeologists of the Autonomous University of Madrid in an article published in the magazine Journal of Glass Studies
Only a small fragment that until now had hardly been given importance remains of the bottle
Researchers have just dated this exceptional piece, since until now almost no remains of this type have been found in the territory of the former Hispania. "To date, there has not been documented an inscription that brings together in one inscription the following three expressions of good wish: two in Latin (Mvltis Annis; Homo Bone) and a third one in Greek (Pie Zeses), which are perfectly verified separately in similar glass containers, "the experts said in a statement.
"The laborious work techniques converted these containers into unique and sometimes personalized objects, which distinguish them from other serial productions such as containers blown in mold. They are rare and exclusive objects only accessible to an economic and social elite ", they add.
The archaeologists Javier Salido Domínguez and Belén Madariaga García emphasize that the person who had the message engraved on the bottle intended to send Mr. de Veranes "a hedonistic desire to enjoy and enjoy life." The piece was located in the Roman villa that began to be excavated in 1997.
This glass was mixed with terra sigillata (sealed ceramics) late Hispanics of the fifth century and in the same stratigraphic layer in which a coin from 383 AD has appeared. It is a colorless fragment, four centimeters high by three wide and a thickness of between 0.33 and 0.125 centimeters.
The person who had the message recorded was intended to send "a hedonistic desire to enjoy and enjoy life"
The researchers point out that there are no impurities, but there are some small bubbles. "Corresponds to a piece blown outdoors. Both the profile of the fragment, the layout of the inscription and the lines that delimit it, lead us to think that it would correspond to the upper part of a globular body bottle, "the experts indicate.
This type of pieces were manufactured by blowing with a rod in the air to define the body and by modeling the neck and the edge, while the glass remained malleable. Its exceptional nature, the richness of its engraving and the high value of its production indicate that it is a present made to the owner of the Roman villa or hacienda.
This type of pieces were manufactured by blowing with a rod in the air to define the body