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Author Topic: This Secret Feature Kept Ancient Roman Chariots From Crashing  (Read 91 times)

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This Secret Feature Kept Ancient Roman Chariots From Crashing
« on: January 15, 2017, 03:02:34 PM »


When most people imagine chariot racing in ancient Rome, they likely picture the thrilling race portrayed in the epic blockbuster “Ben-Hur.” Yet it’s unlikely the heavy chariot driven by Charlton Heston would ever win a real race.

That chariot wasn’t just hopelessly huge and heavy — it did not have proper tires.

A study of a 2,000-year-old toy chariot found in the Tiber River in the early 1890’s and now on display at the British Museum, has revealed a secret trick. To increase the winning chances in the Formula One of the ancient Romans, an iron rim was mounted on the right wheel only of the two-wheeled chariot.

Continue reading – http://www.seeker.com/secret-of-roman-race-chariots-found-2187581176.html


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