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Glass – an ancient, but also thick material from contemporary timesAs we know, the purpose of glass is extremely different due to the many possibilities of its employment. This paper launches a short series on glass in its distinctive history and absorbing present. 

A brief history of glass

Glass and its lots have been known to man since the Stone Age. Long before humans learned to make glass, they used its natural choises, founding in nature, similar as obsidian. Obsidian is a stormy glass that has been used to make weapons, ornamental objects and extended family details. According to available factual records, glass production dates back to around 3500 BC in the lands of Eastern Mesopotamia and Egypt, and the first glassware was made around 1500 BC.

Ancient technologies

The discoverers of the first glassmaking technology faced enormous complaints because the furnaces capitalized to melt glass were too small and the heat they produced was inadequate to melt the glass.

This production problem was figured out around the 1st century BC, when Syrian craftsmen introduced a new technology whereby the molten source variety was blown and without a hitch processed.

This moderzitaion, advanced for its time, greatly facilitated glass production. Between the 1st and early 10th centuries, glassmaking spread and flourished in the Roman Empire. This marked the baseline of one of the most remarkable arts throughout Europe in the developed Middle epoches – stained glass.

A remarkable example of stained glass from this time is the apiece celebated Gothic cathedral of Chartres – Notre Dame de Chartres, an example of a huge architectural achievement with over 1200 painted stained glass windows covering an area of over 2000 square metres.

Glass is majesty and vibration.

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Bibliography and further reading about ancient and medieval glass:

[1] Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval Glass: Ernesto Wolf Collection, E. M. Stern and others, 2002, Hatje Cantz Publishers


Source of image: vidrio.org; britannica.com; rmears.co.uk