Rooms:    Selected room: A sea of amphorae
· Museo delle Anfore · San Benedetto del Tronto · ©2008 ·  



The Exhibition starts with two copies of great historical value amphorae, a Canaanite, the oldest transport amphora, and a Punic amphora produced in Carthage.
In the center of the hall, proceeding on the wooden platform that reproduces the Mediterranean Sea, you can virtually trace back the milestones of trade routes thanks to the many amphorae recovered in its wide seabeds.
You will meet some of the most common Roman amphorae mainly used for transporting wine and produced during the Republican age, like the Greek Italica, used in various areas of the Mediterranean between the III and II century BC, the Marseillaise 5 manufactured in the Greek colony of Massalia (Marseille), the Dressel 1, the most widespread amphora in the western Mediterranean, and the Lamboglia 2, the most diffused one in the Adriatic.
Amphorae of the imperial period show us new productions and further trade routes: the Dressel 43, of Aegean origins, the Dressel 6A, the most widespread in the Adriatic in the first century. AD, the Dressel 38-39, the amphora of southern Spain used for the transport of garum, a sauce of fish particularly appreciated by the  Romans. Two amphorae from the provinces of North Africa, African II and Keay XXV, which had a key role in the supplies of oil from the third to fifth century A.D.