Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Lamboglia 2

Lamboglia 2

Courtesy of Graeco-Roman Museum at Alexandria
Imad Khalil

Distinctive Features

Lamboglia 2 and Dressel 6A are typologically very similar, both sharing a thick-walled bag-shaped body, and in some cases also share a common fabric (Riley, 1979). The forms of the Lamboglia 2 amphorae exhibit a wide variety. This vessel has a thickened rim with a slight overhang, triangular to squarish in profile, and a high cylindrical neck with thick oval handles. It has a fairly thick-walled bag-shaped body which has a pronounced carination on the shoulder and a short pointed spike. It is sometimes stamped on the rim and the handle.
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Date Range

From the second to around the last third of the first centuries BC. It probably coincided with the appearance of Dressel 6A amphora (Beltrán, 1970; Panella, 1970; Carre, 1985; Tchernia, 1986).
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This form is generally considered to come from Adriatic cost (Panella, 1970; 1998; Cipriano & Carre, 1989; Palazzo, 1989, Cipriano, 1994; Bruno, 1995).
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There is a wide distribution throughout the western Mediterranean (Tchernia, 1969; Beltrán Lloris, 1970; Carre, 1985; Van der Werff, 1986), which also reaches Lusitania (Fabião, pers.comm.), the Aegean (Grace, 1961: Fig. 36 far right; Cipriano & Carre 1989; Bruno, 1995; Lund, 2000; Bezeczky, 2001; 2004) and Carthage (Cintas, 1950: Type 321).
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Olive-oil has been suggested (Lamboglia, 1952; Panella, 1970; Buchi, 1971), although analysis of the contents of vessels from the Madrague de Giens shipwreck suggests that wine was carried (Formenti et alii, 1978).
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Principal contributor: Tamás Bezecky


Apani 1
Baldacci 1
Peacock & Williams 8


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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