Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Tripolitanian 1

Distinctive Features

Tripolitanian amphorae were first identified by Zevi (Zevi & Tchernia, 1969) but the typological differentiation is due to Panella (1973).This type is characterised by a thickened rim which is concave on the outer face, with a fairly high cylindrical or slightly conical neck which forms an angle at his junction with the body. The short thickish handles are attached on the neck and the shoulder. The long cylindrical body ends in a hollow conical spike. Very occasionally stamped on the rim and handle (Peacock & Williams, 1986).
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First century AD contexts at Ostia and Pompeii, also north Africa; substituted after the mid second century AD by the type Tripolitanian 3 (Panella, 1973; 1977).
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Tripolitania, where several kiln sites are known (Panella, 1973; Arthur, 1982), including Zitha (Bonifay, 2004).
Search: [Libya] [North Africa]


Widely distributed in the western Mediterranean, particularly north Africa east of Tunisia, Italy (Panella, 1973; Riley, 1979) and Lusitania (FabiĆ£o, pers.comm.). The key sites are Ostia and Pompei (Panella 1973; 1977).
Search: [Italy] [Libya] [North Africa] [North West Europe] [Portugal] [Spain] [Tunisia] [Western Mediterranean]


This is generally considered to be olive-oil (Panella, 1973; Bonifay, 2004).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Ostia 64
Peacock & Williams 36


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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