Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Dressel ante 6B

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Distinctive Features

This is a type similar to the Dressel 6B type amphorae. Toniolo (1991) distinguished them as the 'ante 6B' type.

The amphorae are parts of a series that was called "Adriatic oil amphorae" or classified as Dressel 6A amphorae. This is a transitional type, which is similar to both the Brindisian or ovoid amphorae and the classic Dressel 6B. Manacorda (1994) pointed out that a continuous line of development can be assumed between the amphorae produced near Brindisi and in the Istrian peninsula. Formerly, the stamped ante 6B amphorae were classified as belonging to the early Dressel 6B type. The problem of the ante 6B amphorae can be discussed in this context. The APICI stamps at the Museum of Este and in Altino occur on both the ante 6B amphorae and the Dressel 6B proper. The stamps refer to members of northern Italian families.

The other stamps (AP.PVLCRI, P.SEPVLLI P.F) of the earliest Dressel 6B (ante 6B) amphorae refer to people who held office at the end of the Republican period: Appius Claudius Pulcher was consul in 38 BC One of the members of the Sepullius family, P. Sepullius Macer was triumvir monetalis in 44 BC The Sepullius families are known from inscriptions at Padua. Their stamps SEPVLLI P.F. occur on a few amphorae which are very similar to the ante 6B amphorae, The other SEPVLLIVM stamps occur on Dressel 6B amphorae which may or may not refer to the same person. The APICI stamps pose similar problems. This group includes the amphorae with the P.Q.SCAPVLAE stamp. P. Quinctius Scapula is mentioned in Cicero’s letters (Pro Quinctio, IV, 17), and he is also mentioned by Pliny the Elder (N.H VII, 183).
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The Dressel ante 6B type was produced earlier and disappeared after the period of Augustus. It is not unreasonable to suppose that the type was replaced by the Dressel 6B and the Porto Recanati types.
Search: [1st century BC] [1st century AD]


Manacorda (1994) pointed out that a continuous line of development can be assumed between the amphorae produced near Brindisi and in the Istrian Peninsula.
Search: [Italy] [North West Europe]


The distribution of the ante 6B outside Italy was restricted. A few pieces were found in northern Italy and the Magdalensberg.
Search: [Italy] [North West Europe]


The amphorae form part of a series called the 'Adriatic oil amphorae' (Cipriano & Carre, 1989)
Search: [Olive Oil]


Principal contributor: Tamás Bezecky


Ovoid amphora