Ancient Roman silversmiths developed their craft to the highest levels of refinement and beauty. Applying fire and basic tools to the shaping of precious metals, many of their sophisticated techniques are still used today. This video illustrates the making of a stunning silver cup that has survived from the 1st century.

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NARRATOR: This ancient Roman cup is an extraordinary example of silversmithing. One of a pair, it was created in the first century A.D. and dedicated to Mercury at a sanctuary in northern France. It is one of the most exquisi...