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The largest clay vessel used by the Romans for storage and transport of provisions (like the Greek Pithos; cf.  Pottery, shapes of;  Pottery, production of II B). Dolia were primarily used for preserving provisions like wine, olive oil and grain. As part of the wine-production process wine underwent fermentation in the dolium in the cella vinaria. The dolia intended for wine had their interior treated with tar, like  transport amphorae. The dolia were often sunk into the floor. Because of their size their function as a transport vessel was secondary.…

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Docter, Roald Fritjof (Amsterdam), “Dolium”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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