Luxury. There is not and has never been a person on this planet that would turn down a life of prosperity. But what is luxury? To answer that question, imagine this: a bed of roses; servants to satisfy your every need; and beautiful things that you don’t need but have because you can. That, my friend, is luxury. In ancient Rome, there was a surpassing amount of luxury. However, it was only accessible to a certain group of people: the patricians. Patricians were the (usually) rich aristocrats and noblemen of the Roman Empire. To them, luxury was architecture, food, entertainment, clothing, and art. The items in my exhibit all connect to this theme in one way or another. First, the jewellery is luxurious (bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches, etc.) because much of it contains gold (a precious metal), and was used to adorn the high-class Roman body. The amphoriskos (jar) is luxurious since it was used for perfume and toiletries, which only the rich would be concerned with since the lower class could not afford to add more things to their hygiene regime. This also applies to the cosmetic tube – its contents were imported from different parts of the world and sold to wealthy women. Finally, the glass bowl connects to luxury because it was used to serve the meals of the wealthy, which were brought to the table by their servants. Luxury is important because it represents a large part of life for the Romans; it was what the rich used daily and what the poor aspired to have.