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Land Transport, Part 2: Riding, Harnesses, and Vehicles

Georges Raepsaet

in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199734856
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734856.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Land Transport, Part 2: Riding, Harnesses, and Vehicles

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This article attempts to define comprehensively the technical framework and the principle configurations of land transport across the Greco-Roman world. The capacities that animals offer with respect to carrying and dragging burdens were considerable and were well known from the Neolithic era onward. General categories of portage and harnessed transport are described. The capability for transport is in practice more a capacity for organizing means of transport than of technological limitations. In the Greco-Roman world transport in all its forms took part in all the surrounding economic systems, satisfying the demands made of it without any particular handicap. The Greek and Roman cultures had at their disposal a technical capacity for land transport that was real and varied, even innovative, inscribing its own rhythms and inflections on the long-term patterns of preindustrial societies.

Keywords: land transport; Greco-Roman world; animals; portage; harnessed transport; Greek culture; Roman culture

Article.  10789 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology ; Classical Art and Architecture

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