Nicole Berlin is a graduate student in Classical Art and Archaeology. She received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from Northwestern University and has had a wide variety of experiences in the art world, from the excavation of a Roman villa at Chiusi to working on Egyptian archaeology documentaries in Rome. Nicole is a graduate intern at the JHUAM and has a particular interest in Roman wall painting.

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Arveiller-Dulong, Véronique, and Marie-Dominique Nenna. 2000. Les verres antiques du Musee du Louvre. Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux. Fleming, Stuart J. 1999. Roman glass: reflections on cultural change. Philadelphia, Pa: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Goldstein, Sidney M. 1979. Pre-Roman and early Roman glass in the Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, N.Y.: […]

Everyday Dining: Glass Vessels

Glass vessels were ubiquitous in the Roman world and in the Roman house, where they served a variety of functions and could be found in diverse settings, from the dressing table to the kitchen. The objects in the “Everyday Dining” section of The Roman House at Hopkins were mass-produced and used for eating and drinking. […]

Bowl with Ribbed Handles

This transparent blue-green bowl is hemispherical in shape and sits on a tubular foot ring. The vessel has two “grip” handles, each of which was applied as a trail of glass then tooled to form ribbing. Bowls of this type are found throughout the Mediterranean Roman provinces, from Knossos (Crete) to Israel and even Algeria. […]

Jar with Blue Zigzag Trail

This colorless glass jar is globular in shape and sits on a concave base. The four cobalt blue handles were separately made and connect the rim to the shoulder. It is decorated with two thin, horizontal blue trails and a zigzag trail below. This common type has been found in many fourth to fifth century […]

Pan or Trulla

This transparent pale blue glass trulla, or “pan,” is in the form of a deep cup or bowl with an applied handle that tapers from the body of the vessel. On the broad side, where it attaches to the rim, there are two small, pinched projections. In other fully preserved examples, the handle tapers in […]


This translucent pale yellow-green goblet has a hemispherical bowl with an everted rim and sits on a short, concave stem. The two parts of the vessel were produced separately then joined. Goblets did not become common around the Mediterranean until the 4th century CE and the shape likely originated in the Eastern provinces. Some of […]

Jug with Green Trails

This transparent green jug has an oval-shaped body, cylindrical neck, funnel mouth and sits on a disc-shaped, concave base. The separately made handle rises from the shoulder to the rim where it is folded over. The handle would have been pulled out from the body of the vessel before being folded down to reach the […]

Cup with Wide Rim

This pale blue-green glass cup is hemispherical in shape with an everted rim, rounded lip, and a folded tubular flange. It sits on a flat, disc-shaped foot. The form of this cup is extremely common in the first century CE with two of the earliest examples from Pompeii, now at the Naples Museum. They were […]

Beaker with Vertical Indentations

This pale blue-green glass beaker has a thin, outplayed rim and sits on a flat disc base. It has four vertical indentations, molded when the glass was still hot, that were likely used for gripping the vessel. Examples of this type were in use throughout the early to late Roman Empire with find-spots ranging from […]

Beaker with Blue Trail

This transparent, pale blue-green glass beaker sits on a flat, disc-shaped foot and tapers up to a rounded rim. It is decorated with a single, cobalt blue trail that is wound once around the vessel, overlapping at the center. Similarly shaped beakers have been found throughout Syria and Palestine. Comparanda: Corning Museum 74.1.16 and Israel […]