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Types of Greek Vases


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Definition: An amphora is a two-handled Greek vase, generally with a swollen belly, narrow neck, and a large mouth. In antiquity, an amphora was often used to transport wine or oil. Some amphorae have pointy bottoms. Recent DNA analysis has been performed on shipwrecked amphoras. One contained olive oil and oregano.

The plural of amphora is written as both amphoras and amphorae.

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