Hostilia and I just purchased some Roman style lanterns. These lanterns are roughly like those found in Pompeii. The paneling is not glass but thin pieces of horn.
Now we can enjoy some ancient ambiance for our summer evenings in our garden.
In Ancient Rome such lanterns would have been a requirement at night. Rome has no street lighting and a breeze can blow out a lamp. Venturing out onto the street would have been a brave prospect as it was not only dark but unpoliced. You could also get run over by wagons. Such wagons were only allowed in the city after dark to elevate congestion in the city. So businesses would ship goods into and out of the city after dark.