A two-handled vase with a narrow neck used for storage or transport. This vessel shape is common in both plain and decorated wares. Transport amphorae are large undecorated vessels, often with pointed bases. Attic decorated wares favor the amphora shape and many subdivisions of the type have been identified. Term: The word is Greek, and is apparently the ancient name for this vessel.
- Aristoph. Pl. 807: "The amphorae are full of red and fragrant wine."
- Eur. Cycl. 327: "drinking a whole amphora of milk."
- Xen. Anab. 5.4.28: "They found pickled slices of dolphin in amphorae."