Jadi Davila& Zeila Vaz
February 9, 2012
The Greek item that we have chosen to learn about is the oil lamp. The oil lamp is one of the oldest inventions of mankind. In ancient Greece they didn’t have electricity. So they burned olive oil in a pottery lamp to make light for their homes, workshops, and temples. At first oil lamps would have been made with just a rock with some moss soaked in animal fat and lit in fire.
The oil lamps being made of pottery began about 600 B.C. Greek oil lamps were made of clay on a pottery wheel. The lamp would have a whole cut through the side and a nozzle stuck on it. A wick burned the oil so they could control the flame. The Greek oil lamp was not just used for lighting your house. It was also used for death ceremonies and other important ceremonies.
The body of the Hellenistic Greek lamp had a lug on the side and elongated spout. A Greco-roman style lamp had a nude Greek woman. A period lamp was a decorated lamp with a Greek key design on the side. Hellenistic lamps can also be made in black. First the oil lamps from ancient Greece were molded and made with a deeply carinated body sort.
In conclusion oil lamps where important to ancient Greece back then so that they could have light for them selves. The oil lamps where also were a decorative idem to there houses, workshops, and temples. The oil lamp was also used for death ceremonies. In my opinion if the oil lamp would have never been invented the Greeks would have never had any type of working good light to light their houses, workshops, or temples.
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