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Samian ware bowl

 

Diameter: 20.000 cm

P&EE 1925 5-2 13

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Samian ware bowl

    Roman Britain, 3rd century AD
    From a Roman cemetery at Ospringe, Kent

    Communal feast or funeral banquet?

    The graffiti, inscribed around the underside of the bowl, read 'LVCIVS LVCIANVS (I)VLI DIANTVS VICTOR VICTORICVS VICTORINA VAS COMMVNIS', ('Lucius, Lucianus, Julius, Diantus, Victor, Victoricus, Victorina, (their) common dish'). The bowl was most likely shared between the people named on it, perhaps the members of a guild. Guilds were clubs or societies, especially of craftsmen, which tried to protect the interests of their members. Part of belonging to a guild involved social gatherings, centred on dining and drinking.

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