Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Dressel 6B

Dressel 6B

Courtesy of Mira Pavletic, Brijuni
Tamás Bezeczky

Variants of Dressel 6B:

[Dressel ante 6B]

Distinctive Features

The most important characteristic of the Dressel 6B amphorae is the chalice-shaped rim, which meets the neck at a sharp angle. The outer contours are continuous along the body and the handles. The upper part of the handles is attached to the neck below the rim. The body is pear shaped or oval with a short stubby base. The rim of the amphorae in the Augustan to the early Flavian period is curved. During the periods of Domitian and Nerva, the rim became straight. The amphorae with the stamp of Trajan and Hadrian also have conical rims. Sometimes they have a fine line running around the outside of the rim.
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Date Range

Late Augustan period to the end of the Hadrianic period (early first to the mid second centuries AD)
Search: [1st century BC] [1st century AD] [2nd century AD]


Even though only a few workshops have been found, the place of origin of the Dressel 6B amphorae in Istria and Northern Italy is usually taken for granted. One of the workshops and associated kilns were unearthed in Fazana near Pula (Bezeczky, 1998). This was in the possession of a senatorial family, the Laecanii. It seems quite certain that there was another workshop at Cervar, opposite the villa at Loron on the other side of the bay. The kiln was opposite the villa in Loron, on the other side of the bay, in Cervar. Several owners can be identified on the basis of the stamps in the villa, e.g. Statilius Taurus Sisenna, Calvia Crispinilla (Tassaux, 2001). There may have been other production sites in different parts of Northern Italy. Petrological analysis shows that they may have been located somewhere near the lake Garda or near Verona, perhaps Padua.
In most cases, the rim of the Dressel 6B amphorae had one stamp. The exceptions are the amphorae of the family of Laecanius Bassus. These amphorae were stamped both by the owner and the estate manager (vilici). The stamp of Laecanius is at the centre, with the second stamp above the handle. Each Dressel 6B stamp is an important document, and we may hope that the research will determine the owners of the 50 olive oil producing workshops in Istria.
Search: [Italy] [North West Europe]


Nothern Italy, Rhaetia, Noricum and Pannonia, as well as a few examples from Rome and in India.
Search: [Italy] [North West Europe] [The Balkans]


Tituli picti mention olive oil.


Principal contributor: Tamás Bezeczky


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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

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