Pompeii – Part III

I then walk along the Via dell’Abondanza- which was one of the thoroughfares of the ancient city. The first thing one notices in the street are the presence of stepping stones which helped pedestrians cross the road without getting down to road level- which could either be quite low or just filled with dirt or rainwater in case of rains. The wheels of carts were standardised and could fit around the gaps between the stepping stones. I can still see the rut marks left by years and years of chariots making their way on these roads.

Stepping Stone Ruts formed by wheels of passing carts
Stepping Stone Ruts formed by wheels of passing carts
Narrow Street with rows of stepping stones
Narrow Street with rows of stepping stones
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nirmala says:

    I think it is ingenious, Compared what we are doing in our cities now!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Isn’t it? I was totally like “Wow!”

  2. Lav says:

    What blew me away was how they standardized the wheels and carriages to fit it. That shows the true ingenuity of the Romans. Sometimes, I don’t think we have kept up even after almost 2000 years….

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