[Ansteorra] "Period Containers"
David J. Hughes
davidjhughes.tx at netzero.com
Sun Mar 30 15:37:38 PDT 2008
John Atkinson wrote:
>On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 6:56 PM, Stefan li Rous
><StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
>>On Mar 28, 2008, at 6:17 PM, Eadric Anstapa wrote:
>> Thank you. I was actually thinking of storage of wine at table and
>> such that could be conveniently resealed. But it is a good point that
>> amphora were used some past Classical times for transporting wine.
>> That site seems to give 6th century as the latest, and even then only
>> in the eastern Mediterranean. Not sure why the use of amphora seems
>> to have dropped off in the beginning of medieval times, unless it has
>> to do with the general demise of civilization and trade.
>ODB says amphora are in usage at least through the 13th century and
>have been found in 10th century sites in Cherson, Pliska, Tomis, and
>Dinogetia, but in the 14th century begin to be replaced, possibly by
>barrels (which do not survive). They are used for everything from
>large-scale shipping to household storage.
>The Book of the Eparch (10th century) refers to kapeloi (wine
>merchants) who sell in wine in three measures--stathmoi (30 litrai),
>angeia, and minai. The mina was 3 litrai. A litra is a unit of
>weight approx 320g, not sure precisely how that translates into a
>As for conveniently resealed, I doubt that is going to be an issue
>given the way even modern Greeks put it away.
>At any rate, the demise of the amphora in the West is undoubtedly
>linked to the near-total collapse of sea trade on the Med in the 7th
>century. I can recommend a good book on the subject.
>mka John M. Atkinson
Most wines range in density from 0.990 to 1.010.
320 grams of wine is close enough to 320 milliliters as to not matter
at the consumption level.
10.9 fluid ounces, 1.35 cups, a third of a quart, or @ 0.42 of a fifth
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