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Title: Énergies animales mises en œuvre
Subtitle: Charges et poids voiturés dans le monde gréco-romain
Author(s): RAEPSAET, Georges
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 49    Date: 2019   
Pages: 41-102
DOI: 10.2143/AS.49.0.3286881

Abstract :
The rehabilitation of the technology of road transport in Greek and Roman World is now accepted, after a long time of rejection during the 20th century. The ancient harnesses used, yoke and little yoke, belong to the universal categories of carriage traction. They are efficient and assume correctly the economic necessities, even during the economic growth of the Roman Principate. So it became necessary to bring together the dispersed data about the weights that could possibly be carried on the road and the mechanical context of the animal energies that were used. That is the aim of this contribution. We further propose an original solution to understand the ‘minimalist’ passage of the Codex Theodosianus (CTh 8.5) which is still in debate. The data brought together should be of interest for economic historians and archaeologists of Greece and Rome.

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