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Curiously enough, the contemporary English word “cars” and “chariot” have the same ancient root form the Latin “carrus”, which in its own turn was loaned from Gaulish, an ancient Celtic language.

A chariot is a type of  carriage  powered most often by horsesand driven by a charioteer. Chariots were light and very fast. They were used in battles as military transport or mobile platforms for archers. People also used chariots for hunting and racing. Apart from that, they would employ chariots as a fast and convenient transportation to travel for long distances in the ancient times.

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The critical invention that allowed the construction of light, horse-drawn chariots was the spoke wheel. The earliest spoke-wheeled chariots date to approximately 2000 BC. The first documented battle in history where armies used chariots, dates back to the XV century BC. The use of chariots peaked around 1300 BC. For instance, at the Battle of Kadesh there were up to seven thousand chariots employed by each of the fighting parties.

Almost all armies of the Ancient world employed chariots in battles: the Egyptians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Carthaginians and the ancient Chinese. However, oddly enough, Roman armies did not employ chariots even in the battles where enemies did use them.

In the Roman Empire, chariots were mostly used for racing in circuses, or in or triumphal processions. Traditionally, proud Roman triumphers would enter the capital of the Empire in chariots drawn by as many as ten horses or even by dogs, tigers, or ostriches. The main venue for chariot racing was Circus Maximus that could accommodate 150 000 of audience. 12 chariots would race on that track at one time!

There were several types of ancient Roman chariots depending on the number of horses drawing them: quadriga (from the Latin quadriugi – a team of four), triga (from triugi – a team of three), and biga (from biugi – a team of two). Did you know that the Roman chariot furrow width was taken as a measure for setting the rail width in railroads?

Let’s plunge into the ancient history and play pretend to be builders in the Ancient Rome with the help of Wooden.City Roman chariot model. To build your own Roman chariot puzzle you have to press out 69 parts from the high-quality plywood panels and assemble them into an ingenious mechanical device. All you need to complete this project is logic, some diligence and the included step-by-step visual instructions. The original wooden model kit includes spare parts for emergency cases. In the end you will have a 3D Roman chariot puzzle in a design that is close to its antique origin, made of only wooden details and a rubber band.

The horse driven chariot is powered by a simple mechanical rubber band engine. If you want to race your Roman chariot, just start by pulling the chariot back and then set it to go in a free motion. The chariot will dart off and the figure of the Roman charioteer will imitate the movements of a real person. The charioteer directs the chariot by drawing the reins and the horses get on their hind legs.

The Roman chariot puzzle is sure to excite both adults and children, but it is recommended for assembly for teenagers starting from 12-14 years of age and older and adults. The models are glue-free and close to real life. This kind of hobby will help to relax and take your mind off everyday routine. Roman chariot 3D puzzle is an excellent idea for a gift to your nearest and dearest and your friends.

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Weight0.3 kg
Dimensions140 × 175 × 28 cm


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