A large, narrow-necked, two-handled ceramic jar, usually glazed, often decorated, and used to store and carry oil, wine, beer, fish sauce, and sometimes grain. Their shape varies, often indicating the region (and date) of manufacture and the (original) contents. Their size is dictated by the amount of weight that a typical labourer can carry (capacity around twenty to forty litres). The manufacture of amphorai is a major industry, especially at Thekla, where good clay is available.

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