Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Agora M273

Agora M273

Courtesy of Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Donald Frey

Up to [Samos Cistern Type]

Distinctive Features

Bonifay and Piéri suggest that the designation Agora M273 has been incorrectly used, creating a heterogeneous group of amphorae (1995). Arthur (1998) sees this type as being a precursor of his Samos Cistern Type, and part of a series of similar ribbed amphorae common throughout the east Mediterranean between the third and sixth centuries AD. The body is ovoid verging on bag-shaped, the neck cylindrical with a slightly thickened, rounded rim. The handles are short and curved. The base consists of a short, stubby, solid spike.
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Fourth to fifth centuries AD.
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Like the Samos Cistern Type, these were probably produced in the eastern Mediterranean islands or mainland (Arthur 1998: 166).
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Opaiţ reports its presence throughout the province of Scythia (Opaiţ 1996: 211), as well as at Athens, Thasos and Marseilles. He also notes an example found north of the Danube at Ciresanu.
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At Marseilles, these amphorae have pitch on the inner walls, suggesting wine was carried (Bonifay & Piéri, 1995). Graffiti indicate a capacity of between 19.2 and 25.5 litres (Opaiţ, 1996: 211).
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