Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Mid Roman Amphora 5

Distinctive Features

This type is distinctive for its comparatively oversized handles, which extend in a large curve from the shoulders to below the rim. The body is ovoid and commonly displays ridging, the neck is relatively wide and conical, the rim simple. The base consists of a short, solid spike.
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Date Range

The type persisted for a long time, from the first to the sixth centuries AD.
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An eastern Mediterranean origin is assumed for this type.
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OpaiĊ£ (1996: 213-4) reports that it has been found throughout the eastern Mediterranean: Athens, Demetrias, Ostia, Benghazi and Apollonia, as well as throughout Scythia; also Varna, Odarci and Istanbul.
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Unknown. The capacity of the amphora is generally between 60 and 80 litres, but can reach 100 litres (OpaiĊ£, 1996: 214).


Principal contributor: David Williams

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