This Week in the Ancient Near East

The Strange Story of the Roman Era Half Lamp, or A Sconce to Light Their Way

May 19, 2021

The chance find of a strange Roman period half lamp in Jerusalem and the even chancier discovery that the other half is in Hungary has shocked the archaeological world. What is this strange light fixture and how can its separation lead to some high-class speculation about lamps, symbolism, and ancient psychology? What is light anyway, and why is it so darned good? Our panelists are incandescent in this episode.


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Matching half of 2,000-year-old lamp found in Jerusalem said located in Budapest