Inscriptions on glass. A new Greek mark on a glass bottle discovered in the Roman city of Los Bañales de Uncastillo (Zaragoza, Spain)

Javier Andreu Pintado y Aitor Blanco-Pérez

PYRENAE, vol. 53 núm. 1 (2022) (p. 159-176)

DOI: 10.1344/Pyrenae2022.vol53num1.7

This paper presents a very singular Greek mark on a piece of glass, probably from the base of a bottle, found as a result of the archaeological excavations currently underway in the Roman city of Los Bañales, in the Ebro valley (Spain). After a general review of the application and purpose of Roman epigraphy in the case of glass vessels, it is argued that the inscribed mark probably refers to the name of one of the uitrarii attested in the Mediterranean. On the basis of palaeographical and archaeological criteria, a chronology for the piece is also offered.

KEYWORDS: GREEK EPIGRAPHY, EPIGRAPHY ON GLASS, ROMAN GLASS, ROMAN TRADE, LOS BAÑALES DE UNCASTILLO