Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Amphore de Pamphylie

Distinctive Features

This type of amphora is known as the Form 13 (Grace, 1973) and the Pamphylian Amphora (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169-70). It has a near-oval, bulging body with faint (if any) indication of shoulder and neck off-set. It exhibits small, rounded handles and a rolled and slightly thickened rim. "Toes are short and thick and taper to a rounded button" (Rauh, 2004: 330). The shape of the body, and the length of the handles and neck show considerable variation: a bulging belly, short neck and handles may be early features (compare Empereur, 1998: 394, Fig. 5 with Slane, 1986: 282 No. 26 Pl. 63 and the presumably far later specimen published by Rauh (2004: 330, Fig. 1)). However, more finds of complete amphorae from dated contexts are needed before the evolution of the form can be established.
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Date Range

From the first half of the first century BC through to the third century AD (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169) or early fourth century AD.

Stamped handles found at Delos in contexts pre-dating 69 BC (cf. Woodhead in Grace & Savvatianou-Pétropoulakou, 1970: 367-9). A stamped handle occurred in a Late Hellenistic/Augustan context in Athens (Grace, 1973: 207 No. 19), and a complete amphora in a deposit at Corinth dated to the first quarter of first century AD (Slane, 1986: 282 No. 26 Pl. 63).

The latest date is represented by a coin struck by Maximinus Daia II (AD 304-310), discovered at the Syedra kiln site (Rauh, 2004: 330).
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A Pamphylian source was first suggested due to handle stamps with Pamphylian names (cf. Woodhead in Grace & Savvatianou-Pétropoulakou, 1970, 367-9). Fragments (of a late third/early fourth century AD version?) of the form have been identified at a kiln site at Syedra in Rough Cilicia (Rauh, 2004, 329-30 Figs. 1-3).
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Only distributed in the eastern Mediterranean; scattered occurrences with the largest concentration (handle stamps) at Alexandria:
Greece: Athens (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169 Note 88); Corinth (Slane, 1986: 282 No. 26 Pl. 63); Delos (Woodhead in Grace & Savvatianou-Pétropoulakou: 1970, 367-9; Grace, 1973; Rauh et al, 2000: 169); Kos (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169 Note 88); Rhodes (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169 Note 88). Turkey: Antioch (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169 Note 88); Perge (Laube, 2003, stamped handles); Syedre kiln site (Rauh, 2004). Cyprus: (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169 Note 88). Israel: Gezer, Nessana and Sarafand (Rauh et alii, 2000: 169 Note 88). Egypt: Alexandria (Grace, 1973, 185 Note 2: 547 stamps; Empereur, 1998: 394 Fig. 5).
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Wine (Empereur, 1998: 394); Strabo (XII,7,1 (C570)) refers to olive cultivation at Side and Aspendos; no ancient author refers to wine production in Pamphylia (Laube, 2003: 132). There is a red dipinto on the shoulder of a specimen in Corinth (Slane, 1986: 282 No. 26 Pl. 63).
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Principal contributor: John Lund


Grace 13
Pamphylian Amphoras

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