The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade

by Virginia R. Grace

Agora Picture Book 6
32 pp, b/w figs
5.5" x 8.5"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-619-2
Publication Date: Nov 1979
Status: Active

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Description:
Although this booklet is based on broken pottery found during the excavation of the Agora, the author ranges far beyond the confines of Athens in her discussion of the purpose and significance of different amphora types. Amphoras were used in the ancient world to transport various different types of products, including wine and oil. The author shows how chronological variations in shape and the geographical clues offered by stamped handles make amphoras a fascinating source of economic information. The booklet illustrates many different forms of amphora, all set into context by the well-written text.