P.Oxy. L 3536

Hexameter Verse on Glassblowing

ed. R. A. Coles

EES: Papyrology Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

"The composition of the poem is unlikely to antedate the Roman period because of the supposed date of the invention of the glassblowing process...As a piece of technological verse the closest parallel is the epigram AP 16.323, attributed to the Hadrianic poet Mesomedes"

"...fabricating for mankind...First he heated the very point of the iron, then snatched from nearby a lump of bright glass and placed it skilfully within the hollow furnace..."

"...he blew in from his mouth a quick breath...like a man essaying the most delightful art of the flute"


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