Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Schörgendorfer 558

Schörgendorfer 558

Courtesy of Wien Museum
David Williams

Distinctive Features

The neck and the base are cylindrical. The body is composed of two truncated cones facing each other. The handles are attached to the rim horizontally, and reach the upper part of the body. The handles are flat, with longitudinal grooves. The inside is smooth. There are two grooves parallel to the concentric circles on the upper part of the body. The type 'A' is distinguished from type 'B' by its flattened handles and less globular belly (Muffanti Musselli, 1987; Bezeczky, 1987) . the lower part of the body has a different shape because it tapers gradually towards the bottom. Amphorae of this type very often bore a titulus pictus.
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Date Range

First to second centuries AD (Baldacci, 1969; Carre, 1985, Bezeczky, 1987).
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Northern Italy. Degrassi (1962), Baldacci (1969) and later Muffati Musselli (1987) thought that the Schörgendorfer 558 amphorae had been produced on the Istrian peninsula. However, Bezeczky has observed that there are none to be seen any in the museums at Pula, Poreç or Rovinj, or among the Brijuni amphorae. The petrological analyses may take us closer to the solution. For the time being, these analyses show that the amphorae were not produced in Istria. Recently Sauer (2005) distinguished petrographically three different groups among the Schörgendorfer 558 amphorae from Vindobona and on the basis of the geological data, the production site should be located in northern Italy. Padua or the region of Lake Garda are likely candidates (Bezeczky, 2005; Sauer, 2005).
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Northern Italy, Noricum and Pannonia (Carre, 1985; Bezeczky, 1994). In Upper Moesia, in two settlements: Singidunum and Viminiacium. In Dacia in three sites: Porolissum, Colonia Ulpia Sarmizegetusa and Cristeşti. There are pieces in Berenice in Egypt, in Pergamon and Ephesus (Bezeczky, 2004; 2005).
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Tituli picti suggest green and black olives


Principal contributor: Tamás Bezeczky


Anfora tronco conica da olive

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