We don’t know very much about Roman glass making. We do know that large slabs of glass were probably made at a few central workshops and then worked into glassware in small workshops. We know that like other glass the Romans used heat to fuse Silica and Soda to produce the glass.
The Romans used more glass than any other ancient civilization. The discovery of glassblowing in the Syro-Palestinian region in the 1st century B.C. caused glass vessels to become more common in the Roman Empire. Glass became popular because it was inexpensive and didn’t impart tastes or smells to the liquids stored in it. The fact that glass was cheap caused some people to look down on it. The Emperor Gallienus refused to drink from glass vessels becuase they were “common”.
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