Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Leptiminus 1

Distinctive Features

This amphora type was first noted by Opaiţ at Leptiminus, and was described is as having a "rim flat or slightly bevelled towards the inside top, horizontally flanged and thickened on the underside. The handles are attached just under the rim and on the junction of neck to the shoulder, being usually parallel to the neck. In section they are elliptical. The body is almost cylindrical, slightly swollen at the middle; it ends in a conical hollow spike" (Opaiţ, 2000). Opaiţ thought that it might be a local imitation of the Spanish amphora form Dressel 14 (2000). Though this amphora could perhaps be linked to the Carthaginian Early Amphora 4, proceeding the Romanization of the Punic type Cintas 312/Maña C2.
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From the end of the 1st to the beginning of the 3rd centuries AD (Opaiţ, 2000).
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Tunisia. Produced at Leptiminus (Opaiţ, 2000) and in the Sullecthum region (Bonifay, 2004).
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Well represented in the Sahel region of Tunisia (Leptiminus, Salakta, El Jem) and at Libya (Sabratha) . A smaller distribution in the western Mediterranean (Ostia) (Opaiţ, 2000; Bonifay, 2004).
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Fish-sauce (Opaiţ, 2000; Bonifay, 2004).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay

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