Ancient Cup Made With “Nano-Technology?”

The Lycurgus Cup is a 4th-century “out of place” Roman glass cup. Known as a cage cup, it was indeed a style popular at the time. However, the Lycurgus cup is unique in many ways…

Made by a mysterious, and as yet, not entirely understood the process, which resulted in a phenomenon known as “dichroic glass,” a form of glass which can change colour depending on which angle light passes through its structure. The cups glass appears red when lit from behind, and green when lit from in front… An astonishing achievement within glass making, one which it seems, was never replicated?… The Lycurgus cup is the only ancient, manufactured artifact in existence, which displays this unusual characteristic, and upon scientific analysis being undertaken, it was realized that the dichroic feature of the glass achieved, had been no accident. The effect was achieved by somehow adding “nano-portions” of gold and silver, dispersed in colloidal form throughout the molten glass. The exact process undertaken remains unclear, yet the perfection achieved within the process is clear for all to see…

However, predictably, academia has attempted to claim that the cups miraculous characteristics be but a mere accident, a freak result of experimentation, ignoring all of the cups clear artistic qualities, and claiming that the makers must have not properly understood or controlled the process, adding that it was probably discovered by accident, by “contamination” of minutely ground gold and silver dust. Quote, “The glass-makers may not even have known that gold was involved, as the quantities involved are so tiny; they may have come from a small proportion of gold in any silver added (most Roman silver contains small proportions of gold), or from traces of gold or gold leaf left by accident in the workshop from other work.” End quote. The cup itself is a very rare example of a complete Roman cage-cup, regardless of its extraordinary characteristics, the glass, painstakingly cut and ground back to leave only a decorative “cage” at the original surface-level, is an astounding example of artistic capabilities.

Many parts of the cage have been completely undercut, most cage-cups have a cage with a geometric abstract design, but here there is a composition with figures, showing the mythical King Lycurgus, who (depending on the version) tried to kill Ambrosia, a follower of the god Dionysus (Bacchus to the Romans). She was transformed into a vine that twined around the enraged king and restrained him, eventually killing him. Dionysus and two followers are shown taunting the king. The cup is the “only well-preserved figural example” of a cage cup.

Where did the Lycurgus cup come from? Who could have possibly made it? Who knew about this miraculous technique, for creating this magnificent glass, more than 1600 years ago? With Academia clearly overwhelmed regarding a logical explanation, their staunch denial of any unusual interference surrounding its manufacture is something we always find, highly compelling.

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