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an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc.



an ancient vessel made of clay, more rarely of metal, with a wide top, a narrow neck, and two handles.

Amphoras, used to store and transport wine and oil, sometimes served as banquet vessels. Amphoras were often decorated with paintings. Artistically, the amphoras of the archaic and classical periods created by the Greeks Ex-ekias, Amasis, Andokides, Duris, and Polygnotos I are the most interesting. Amphoras were also made in the Middle Ages, particularly in tenth-and 12th-century Kievan Rus’.

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Painting a single figure on each side of an amphora had been tried occasionally by the earlier red-figure painters in whose workshops the Berlin Painter was trained.
An amphora by the Kleophrades Painter at Harrow (Figs.
Beckham has been making amphoras for his own wines, and Stock wanted to try using one as well.
Beckham came to making wine amphoras in a bit of roundabout manner.
When Foley surveyed the scientific literature, he found 27 articles in peer-reviewed journals that directly spoke of amphora contents from Greece's golden age.
Small numbers of fragments had been found in deposits in which the latest Rhodian amphoras were only slightly later, but the first substantial aggregation of moldmade bowls was in the upper fill of the Altar Well (B 20:7), which contained fragments of over 20 bowls, along with a Rhodian amphora handle stamped in the term of Xenostratos (ca.
The relevant clause states that `no one may break the bulk [[GREEK WORD NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]] from amphoras, pithakne or pseudopithos.
"Large cargoes of these amphoras were shipped down the eastern Adriatic coast from Croatia, along the modern Montenegrin and Albanian coasts to about Vlore where most traversed westward and rounded Italy into the western Mediterranean," Royal said.
The profile is closer to that of Lakonian amphoras from elsewhere, e.g., Kamarina (Pelagatti 1992, p.
"The unearthed amphoras are the first of their kind found in Siraf and can provide useful clues about water trade routes," said head of the Siraf archeology team Mohammad Esmaili.
Up to the early fourth century the chronology of Corinthian lamps and of cooking wares and plain wares is based on deposits in which they were associated with datable fine wares and amphoras, as well as with coins.