Wine amphora - ROM2011_11878_4


Wine amphora

Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 400-600 CE
Period: Roman Imperial period
94.5 x 26 x 12.3 cm
Object number: 910.175.343
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: trade and commerce

Commercial Amphorae

In the ancient Mediterranean world, the amphora was the standard container for transporting liquids and some foods. These ranged from wine to olive oil, a fish sauce called garum, and pickles. Innumerable amphorae were made from the 7th century BC to late Byzantine times, and many have been found in ancient shipwrecks. Most amphorae held about 15 to 20 litres, although larger ones did exist. Differences in shape served as a guide to the contents, along with ink or paint inscriptions.

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