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Amphora fragment bearing a Latin inscription that reads, "... property of Herod, King of Judea"

UnknownHerodian Period, 19 BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

At Masada, amphorae fragments were found that bore similar Latin inscriptions. The first line contained the date on which the amphora was shipped according to the Roman consular year; the second line indicated the type of wine and its origin; and the third line named the owner of the wine: "belonging to Herod King of Judea." It appears fine wines were purchased in Italy on Herod's behalf and their jars were labeled with his name prior to their shipment to Judea and distribution among his palaces.

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  • Title: Amphora fragment bearing a Latin inscription that reads, "... property of Herod, King of Judea"
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Herodian Period, 19 BCE
  • Location: Masada
  • Type: Amphora
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem / by Peter Lanyi
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Ink on pottery
  • Dimensions: H: 5 cm, L: 10 cm
  • Curator: Mevorah, David

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