Lenses in Antiquity

@article{Sines1987LensesIA,
  title={Lenses in Antiquity},
  author={G. S. Sines and Yannis Sakellarakis},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  year={1987},
  volume={91},
  pages={191 - 196}
}
A recent find in the Idaean Cave in Crete of two rock crystal lenses of unusually good optical quality led to this investigation of other lenses from antiquity. The evidence indicates that the use of lenses was widespread throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin over several millennia. The quality of some of these lenses was sufficient to permit their use as magnifying glasses. The use of lenses as burning glasses in Classical Greece is noted, as is the need for magnifying lenses… 

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