Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Distinctive Features

A thickened rim which is often bevelled on the inner edge, with a bulging neck and an broad ovoid body ending in a short basal wart. There is a larger version whose the arched handles are flattish in section and a slightly slimmer type with arched bifid handles (Marangou-Lerat, 1995; Sciallano & Sibella, 1991).
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Date Range

Early first to the beginning of the third century AD.
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Production is attested in Crete at several sites in the east, west and central areas of the island: Kastelli, Nopighia, Herakleion, Dermatos, Keratokambos and Lagada (Markoulaki et al, 1989; Empereur et al, 1991; Marangou-Lerat, 1995).
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Commonly found in Crete but widely distributed in Greece, Italy, north Africa, Egypt, and in wrecks off the coast of southern France (Sciallano & Sibella, 1991; Marangou-Lerat, 1995).
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Wine is assumed
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Principal contributor: David Williams


Benghazi Early Roman Amphora 1
Peacock & Williams 39


The following link will take you to the Centro para el Estudio de la Interdependencia Provincial en la Antiguedad Clásica CEIPAC database. In the CEIPAC system this amphora has the ID KE51+BYZ. Note: access to CEIPAC requires registration, which is possible via