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Various means of carrying a flame to sustain light were employed throughout the course of antiquity. Yet, for many within the Mediterranean world the lamp, fuelled by oil, was the main source of illumination.
This site concerns ancient lighting appliances in general but pottery oil lamps in particular.
It is hoped it may provide a useful point of reference for those interested in lamps.
Lighting the Ancient World is recommended for any who wish to know more about the fascinating story of pottery lamps (see panel on left).
Features of This Site
Assistance in identifying your lamps. A free service for anyone who has purchased a copy of Lighting the Ancient World. Find out more...
Promote your business on this site. If you are an antiquities dealer, a museum or anyone with an interest in antiquities and would like to help by advertising the book Lighting the Ancient World on your website then please get in touch. In return for your support you can advertise your business or organisation on this site. Find out more...