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2009-04-29 14:43:27

Archaeologists have discovered a Roman glass bowl at an ancient cemetery outside the walls of the old city of London. The "millefiori" dish is a mosaic of hundreds of indented blue petals with white bordering, and is believed to be a rare find in the Western Roman Empire.  It is estimated to date from around 2nd to 3rd century A.D. "For it to have survived intact is amazing. In fact, it is unprecedented in the western Roman world," a Reuters report quoted Jenny Hall, curator of the Roman...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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