An extremely interesting and rare Ancient Roman blackware cup featuring a squat, ovoid body which tapers into a small, flat foot. A long, cylindrical neck funnels into the body. The vessel is decorated with a white glaze, displaying two wavy patterns going around the body, separating three large letters and four large circles.
Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD Condition: Very fine condition.
The white letters depicted on the vessel’s read P. I. E and urges the beholder to drink. It could be a reference to a shortened inscription that was popular on Roman cups: PIE ZESES. This inscription originated from a Greek phrase ΠΙΕ ΖΗCHC, from πίνειv (pinein – to drink) and ζην (zin – to live). The whole phrase would thus mean, ‘drink, may you live!’.
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