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479. 3 P. 125. 4 26 CORINTH pasian, and the distressing years of Domitian's reign, later followed by the expensive wars of Trajan, were not conducive to artistic development, and the lack of beauty which characterizes the goods of this period indicates how far reaching were the economic effects of the political unrest of the times. The plain lamps were in demand because they were cheap, and because of the great demand for cheap lamps large factories were established where they could be produced at a minimum cost.

D. or perhaps earlier. On the lamps from the first half of the same century the raised base-ring is more common and for that, too, we find parallels among the Ephesus lamps. On several examples the raised base is' slightly concave in the middle so as to form a rudimentary base-ring, and on two lamps of this type (Nos. 324 and 325), both very late, a base-ring is clearly marked. The transition from Hellenistic to Roman lamps which has been traced above took place during the first century B. C. Most of the lamps used for illustrating this development are from Greece and Asia Minor, which seems to indicate that the Roman relief lamps developed outside of Italy.

444-463; and XXXII, 1928, pp. 489, 490. 35 LAMPS of painting the lamps for the sake of decoration, as we shall see in the next type. Both clay and glaze point to the fact that the lamps of type I, with the exception of Nos. 7 and 8, were manufactured in Corinth. The clay is similar to that used in other local pottery as well as in tiles of the Greek period, and the dull black glaze is common on the Corinthian pottery. With regard to the date of type I it can be stated with certainty that it is the oldest of all the types from Corinth.

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