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Men fixing a chariot in 5th century BCE Greece

A chariot is a type of two-wheeled vehicle pulled by domesticated horses. Chariots were widely used in Classical antiquity by armies as transport or as archery platforms.

Mythology

The ancient Greeks believed that the sun was a flaming chariot, which the god Helios rode across the sky.[1]

History

Chariots were said to be introduced by the Hittites, a major rival of Egypt for dominance over the Middle East. Since their introduction, chariots were used in warfares by countries throughout the Mediterranean and West Asia.

In 5th century BCE Greece chariots were used, and the stable of the Sanctuary of Olympia in Elis had a garage for the storing and restoration of chariots, since they were needed in races within the Hippodrome.[2]

During the 1st century BCE, chariot races were common in Egypt and often took place in the Lageion Hippodrome in Kanopos. Chariots were also used as a form of transportation by military as well as the Medjay Bayek of Siwa.[3]

Ptolemaic Egypt (1st Century BCE)

Image Name Description Availability
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Scout Chariot Light and versatile, this vehicle is used for scouting missions and for chasing down fleet-footed enemies. Though its price is fair, it is nevertheless too expensive for all but noblemen and the richest of merchants. Stables
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War Chariot The durable war chariot is the most common in Egypt. Stables
Royal-chariot-origins
Royal Chariot Royal chariots are reserved to the greatest of the elite. Reinforced with shields, they offer sturdy protection to their riders, and their intimidating presence saps enemy morale. Stables

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