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Romans (wine glass)

In Central Europe, a widespread and traditional wine glass with a volume of 0.2 or 0.25 litres. According to an old version, the name comes from the Low German word "römen" (to boast) and is supposed to mean "glory glass", i.e. "magnificent glass", thus expressing exclusivity. However, the name probably derives from "Vitrum Romarium" (Roman glass). In the past, it was used to describe fragments of old Roman glass which were used for melting in Germany and from which these glasses were made. The term was first used in Neuss (North Rhine-Westphalia) in 1501. The forerunner of the Roman was the 16th century Berkemeyer cup made of green forest glass, which is greenish coloured pottery glass (picture left). Significant is the bulbous, cup-shaped, thick-walled goblet on an upward tapering, thick stem on a broad foot. The foot is studded with nubs, i.e. indentations, to provide a secure grip.

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