This is an Ancient Roman gold ring with the initials V O T circa 200 B.C. – 100 A.D.
The civilisation of Ancient Rome influenced the whole of Western Europe thought the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond in the fields of art and architecture, literature, law and engineering.
The ancient civilisation, based in Rome, occupied the Italian peninsula, then most of Europe, the Near East and North Africa and lasted for about 800 years. Traditionally founded in 753 B.C. Rome became a kingdom, then a self-ruling republic, free of Etruscan Rule, in 510 B.C. From then, the history of Rome is one of continual expansion, and the foundation of the empire under Augustus and his successors. At its peak under Trajan, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Mesopotamia and the Caspian Sea. A long train of emperors ruling by virtue of military, rather than civil, power marked the beginning of Rome’s decline. The end of the Roman Empire is generally dated by the sack of Rome by the Goths in 410 A.D.