The amphora was a special vessel used for storing and transporting wine. It had two handles, and its mouth was designed such that it would be easy to both pour the wine and seal the jar. The handles were sometimes stamped with the name of the potter or the winemaker, the date the jar was sealed, and a symbol of the city from which the wine originated. The presence of imported amphorae in local markets attests to an intensive trade in fine wines.
Imported wine amphorae from Rhodes, Brindisi (southern Italy), Tunisia, and Thasos