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The ancients knew two methods: the burning of oil in a lamp and the combustion of a solid substance. In classical times lamps were preferred for indoor illumination. The torch was more often used out of doors. Lanterns were also freely used, candles or lamps enclosed within horn or (in imperial times) glass. Antioch was one of the few cities in antiquity to provide street lighting.

Subjects: Architecture.


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