Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Brindisian amphora

Distinctive Features

This amphora has a cylindrical neck with a thickened plain rim, while the handles are round in section and join from below the rim to the shoulder, and body is oval with a knobbed base. The handles are often stamped, usually in Latin, but Greek characters also appear (Grace, 1962; Manacorda, 1994). Sometimes one handle bears the presumed name of the factory while the other contains the supposed name of the actual potter concerned.
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Date Range

Late second to the late first centuries BC (Buchi, 1971; Manacorda, 1994; 2001).
Search: [2nd century BC] [1st century BC]


A kiln site is known at Apani, Giancola, Marmorelle and "La Rosa" near Brindisi, in Italy (Tchernia, 1969; Baldacci, 1972; Sciarra, 1964; 1966; 1972; Manacorda, 1990; 1994; 2001; Palazzo, 1989; 1990; 1993; 1994; Palazzo & Silvestrini 2001).
Search: [Italy]


Amphorae of this form are widely distributed in the western Mediterranean in areas such as Lusitania (Fabião, pers.comm.), but more particularly the eastern Mediterranean region, where they predominate in Dalmatia, Greece and Asia Minor (Tchernia, 1969; Sciarra, 1972; Manacorda, 1990, Bezeczky, 2001).
Search: [Central Europe] [Eastern Asia Minor] [Eastern Mediterranean] [Greece] [Portugal] [Spain] [The Balkans] [Western Asia Minor] [Western Mediterranean]


Probably olive-oil, but wine may also have been carried (Panella, 1973, Manacorda, 1990).
Search: [Olive Oil] [Wine]


Principal contributor: Tamás Bezeczky


Ostia 66
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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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