Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Courtesy of Graeco-Roman Museum at Alexandria
Imad Khalil

Distinctive Features

This has two steeply arched heavy bifid handles with peaks higher than the rim, which is usually of the rounded variety. The neck is high and has a distinctive 'step', while the body is elongate with a plain button toe.
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Date Range

First century AD, to second century AD (Robinson, 1959; Grace, 1961: Fig. 60; Riley, 1979).
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Not known.
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It has a fairly widespread distribution throughout the eastern Mediterranean and also occurs in north Africa and Italy (Riley, 1979).
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Unknown, but as the type appears to be copying the Koan amphora, wine would seem to be a strong possibility.


Principal contributor: David Williams


Benghazi Early Roman Amphora 2
Peacock & Williams 11

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