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Made in Rome, manufacturing trademarks and possession in antiquity.



Stamps, symbols, names, acronyms: the identification seals in ancient Rome.

The brand has existed since man has existed, as an identification system, reproduction of values and experiences, communication between ethnic groups.

Stamps, logos, signatures, and the other symbols of ownership and belonging interested in the life of a Roman no less so than for modern man. Glasses, dishes and lamps wore imprinted the distinctive symbols of shops and artisans, food supplies were transported in barrels and amphorae stamped by businessmen and traders, pipes and bullets for slingshots bore the stamps of the producers.

And finally, more brutally, even people over slaves or convicted of crimes were branded with the stigma, tattooed or forced to wear a collar manor. The stamps imprinted on each of the objects needed to return the vessels, once cooked, to their owners and the registration of the cargo to share equitably the costs of firing between them. Still, glass and oil lamps, cups and ceramic and earthenware dishes.

Jug and cup with glass handle, decorated with the famous “squiggle of Cologne”, a characteristic decoration blue snakelike wires that became a real trademark, later taken up and imitated. Date: end II – first half of the third century A.D., a necropolis of Cologne. Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne.

A very interesting focus is on the mark in the war, where they were discovered some glandes (in acorn-shaped projectiles) on which are shown not only the names of the producers, but also real insults against enemies, such as the famous invective against Lucio Antonio, brother of the triumvir Mark Antony, opponents of the young Octavian and because of Bellum Perusinum.

But the sign of the war is also imprinted on the skin of the legionnaires. The sources point out the signs of the legions imprinted on soldiers, proud symbols of belonging but also means to discourage desertion.

And, again, are of vivid impression stigma and signs used to determine the “possession” of a person or declare the membership (wanted or not) to a category, such as the collars of slaves, the marks on convicted or tattoos done by Caligula on for fun people.

Retro missile acorn with invective against Lucio Antonio console. Dating: second half of the first century BC . National Archaeological Museum of Umbria (Italy) on the granting of the Museums of Umbria. The text was proposed Angus reading // you Anto (ni) where angustus stands for “petty”.

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