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The Traffic Systems of Pompeii
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The Traffic Systems of Pompeii

Eric E. Poehler

Abstract

The Traffic Systems of Pompeii is the first sustained examination of the evidence for a regulated circulation of wheeled traffic in the ancient world. The setting to this system is the six-hundred-year evolution of Pompeii’s street network, the focus of which telescopes from the city’s urban grid to the shape of the streets, the treatment of their surfaces, and finally the individual elements of construction—the curbstones, stepping stones, and guard stones—where the evidence for traffic was inscribed. Although ruts are the most evocative evidence of ancient traffic, it is the wearing patterns ... More

Keywords: traffic, street network, street surface, street architecture, wearing patterns, regulation, social history, urbanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190614676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190614676.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric E. Poehler, author
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst Classics Department