Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Spatheion 2

Distinctive Features

The second sub-type of so-called "Spatheia" African amphorae refers to a group of small sized amphorae with a long narrow body and long tapering spike (Bonifay, 2004). The neck is shorter than that of Spatheion 1 and the rim is squarer in section with a hanging lip. Two short handles are applied to the neck.
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Second half of the fifth and first quarter of the sixth centuries AD.
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North African.
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Weakly distributed in the western Meditrranean: Tunisia (Carthage), Spain (MatarĂ²), south of France (Toulouse), Italy (Albenga), Sardinia (Porto-Torres), Albania (Shkodra).
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Unknown. Perhaps wine (Bonifay, 2004). Capacity is around 4 litres.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


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