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What's In An Amphora

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These fine jewels, precocious metals, spices and herbs were stored in amphoras to protect and preserve them.  For us, there was no finer way to describe our appreciation for the scarcity and quality of our Amphora brand of tea products.

But really, what is an amphora? where was it used and by whom?

Let us take you on a short journey.

Amphoras were tall, narrow-necked, two-handled ceramic vessels used in ancient Greece and Rome to store and transport wine, oil, and other food items. They were commonly produced between the 8th and 6th centuries BCE and were used throughout the ancient Mediterranean world.

In ancient Greece,

Amphoras were produced in a variety of shapes and sizes, each of which was designed for a specific purpose. For example, Amphoras used for transporting wine were often smaller and more rounded, while those used for storage were larger and had a more pointed base. In Athens, the largest center of Amphora production in Greece, Amphoras were painted with images depicting myths, scenes from everyday life, and portraits of the gods and heroes.

"No treasure in the ancient world was ever transported without a host to protect it".




In Rome,

Amphoras were used for a similar purpose as in Greece. However, the Roman style of Amphora was more uniform and less decorative than the Greek style. Roman Amphoras were often stamped with the name of the manufacturer or with the name of the wine or oil stored inside, making it easier for merchants to keep track of their goods.

Amphoras were important to ancient Greece and Rome in a number of ways. First, they were an essential part of the ancient trade network, as they were used to transport food and drink over long distances. Second, they were used to store food and drink, which was important for preserving these items and keeping them fresh. Third, Amphoras were an important source of revenue for potters, who made them in large quantities and sold them to merchants, who in turn sold them to consumers.

Today, Amphoras are considered important artifacts of ancient Greek and Roman culture, and they are highly valued by collectors and museums. They provide important insights into the ancient trade networks, the economies of ancient Greece and Rome, and the lifestyles of the people who lived in these societies. 

Amphoras remain an important part of the cultural heritage of ancient Greece and Rome, and they continue to be studied and appreciated by scholars, collectors, and the general public.

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