A metaphor for joy and prosperity, for hope,
for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path
of civilization for centuries. They have shed
light on mundane and extraordinary events
alike, guiding great thoughts through the
night, and standing vigil with lonely passions.
In the presence of this simple object, we are
in touch directly with a vanished world, with
the rooms and shrines once warmed by its
glow, with the people who drew comfort from
its light. Today it remains as an enduring
symbol of man's desire to conquer the
darkness. This particular Roman oil lamp
features two concentric circles that encircle
the filling hole on the discus.