Glass gladiator cup

Period: Early Imperial, Neronian or early Flavian

Date: ca. A.D. 50–80

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown in a two-part mold

Dimensions: H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881

Accession Number: 81.10.245


The scene around the cup depicts four pairs of gladiators fighting. Each man is identified by name in the Latin inscription above him. Some of the names match those of known gladiators who became famous in games held in Rome during the Julio-Claudian period, suggesting that such cups may have been made as souvenirs.