Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Opaiţ F9

Distinctive Features

This type bears more than a passing resemblance to the Brindisian Type, although it was produced much later and (probably) in the east Mediterranean. The rim is not as pronounced as on the Brindisi type, though otherwise it is very similar. The neck is cylindrical, the handles curved and roughly elliptical in section. The body is ovoid, tapering to a short, knobbed base. The body, unlike the Brindisian amphora, features some rilling.
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The Scythian examples derive from fourth and fifth century AD contexts. The Athenian example may date from the late third to early fourth century.
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Unknown, but probably the eastern Mediterranean. Two different fabrics could indicate the existence of different workshops
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Opaiţ notes examples from Scythia at Topraichioi and Telita-Valea Morilor, and also a possible parallel from Athens (Opaiţ, 1996: 227). A similar amphora was discovered at Iatrus, and its fabric description could correspond with the examples discovered in Dobrudja and the Crimea: ’ziegelrotem, feinkörnig geschlämmten Ton mit hohem Glimmergehalt’ (Böttger, 1982: 105,Type I 4, Pl.20; Conrad, 1999: Fig. I.3).
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The content of this type is unknown; the hardness of the walls and the ovoid shape of the body could suggest olive oil as main content.


Principal contributor: Andrei Opaiţ

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