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(píthos, plural píthoi). The largest clay storage vessel of the Greeks (called dolium by the Romans), often taller than a man. Píthoi were made in specialised, sometimes travelling workshops and were shaped by hand on a slowly revolving wheel. They served as storage containers for wine, olive oil and grain on farms, in town houses and palaces. In the Minoan palace of Knossos píthoi were found in their original positions embedded in the floor of the storage room. A lower and more constant storage temperature which enhances the storage life of t…

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Docter, Roald Fritjof (Amsterdam), “Pithos”, 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 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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