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Samian Ware
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[German version]

British term for terra sigillata, a distinctive type of Roman ceramic identified from its pinkish or orange fabric, and characteristic smooth red slipped surface. It was once thought to have originated from the island of Samos, hence the term ‘Samian’, which remains in British usage.


1 G. de la Bedoyere, Samian Ware, 1988

2 C. Johns, Arretine and Samian Pottery, 1971

3 P. Webster, Roman Samian Pottery in Britain, 1996

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Hawkes, Jason, “Samian Ware”, 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 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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