Bottling Roman Vintages at Oplontis B Near Pompeii
Presented by Archeologist Jenny Muslin
Sunday, February 7, 2021 • 4:00–5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time)
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Like their modern Italian counterparts, the ancient Romans loved wine and believed that everyone from emperors to slaves should drink it daily. To meet the high demand for wine, the growing of grapes, winemaking, bottling and selling happened all over the Mediterranean, with the best vintages coming from Central and Southern Italy and Sicily. Roman wine traveled in large torpedo-shaped ceramic containers called amphorae that could easily be stacked in ships or used to store wine on land. But when different wines were bottled using the same recycled amphorae, how could one trust that she was getting a good quality vintage and not a hangover in disguise? New research at the first century A.D. Roman bottling facility of Oplontis B near Pompeii is changing what we know about ancient wine and how it was packaged, bought and sold on the Bay of Naples.
Dr. Jennifer Muslin (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is the Director of Pottery Studies and Finds for the Oplontis Project, a team of international scholars investigating the ancient Roman industrial site of Oplontis B in Torre Annunziata (NA), Italy. She has published articles and book chapters on Roman pottery, Roman houses, and Pompeian wall painting and is currently writing a book on more than 1,400 amphorae recovered from Oplontis B between 1973–1991.
Grazie to Dr. Jennifer Muslin and Daniela for bringing this group of 20 together
for an informative presentation on a most interesting subject.
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