Amphorae on display in Bodrum Castle, Turkey
Greek amphora, showing the goddess Athena
Dressel 1B type amphoraKey :
1 : rim - 2 : neck - 3 : handle - 4 : shoulder - 5 : belly or
body - 6 : foot
In Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, amphoras were used to transport liquids or grain. Amphores had two handles, used for carrying. Amphores existed in different sizes, between 5 litres and 50 litres. They were made of clay, or metal.
Most of the amphoras that now exist were made in the times of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. However, many were made long before then. Amphoras as old as 4500 BCE. have been found in China.
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Collection of amphoras on Island of Vis, ancient Greek colony Issa, today Croatia
A Greek glass amphora, 2nd half of the 2nd century BC, from Olbia, Roman-era Sardinia, now in the Altes Museum
Large late Geometric Attic amphora, c. 725–700 BC