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pithos

Greek term for a large, thick-walled and bulbous vessel (plural Pithoi) made of stoneware or clay. It was one amphora similar, but compared to this mostly had a flat bottom, so that it could be stored even standing. It was up to supreme and had at the top eyelets through which ropes could be pulled for transport. It was in antique Especially in Greece Aegean Culture room used as a storage and transport container for cereals, honey, olive oil, salt and wine. The surface was smooth or structurally designed by band patterns in beige, sand, brown and rotocker. In a cellar in Zagora on the Cyclades island Andros 47 Pithoi were found for wine. In addition, it also served for burial. The philosopher Diogenes (410-323 BC) is said to have lived at times in a Pithos. Similar vessels are Dolium (Roman), Kvevri (Georgian), Talha (Portuguese) and tinaja (Spanish). See also below wine vessels,

Pithos / Diogenes in barrel (Pithos)

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