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Pithos with Lid 3rd Century BC

Pithos with Lid 3rd Century BC - Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection - Joy of Museum

Pithos with Lid 3rd Century BC

This pithos with lid, from the 3rd century BC, is a large storage container. The term Pithos is applied to such containers used among the civilizations that bordered the Mediterranean Sea. Pithoi had been used for the storage of fluids and grains and are comparable in use to the drums, barrels and casks of recent times.

Pithoi were manufactured and exported or imported over the entire Mediterranean. They were used for storing or shipping of wine, olive oil, or various types of vegetable products. The term has now been adopted into the English language as a general word for a storage jar from any culture. This naming practice of pre-classical pottery types with classical types has long been a challenge for archaeology.

Pithos with Lid

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“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.”
– Pericles

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