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The overcoming of distances by people and goods, using means of transport on transport routes.

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I. The Ancient Orient

The oldest means of transport are people, beasts of burden and boats. They were used for short- and long-distance traffic alike, for individual items and for bulk transport. It was not only in the nomadic context (Nomads) that donkeys and later camels were employed unharnessed for their stamina as beasts of burden, and their ability to travel long distances with l…

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Nissen and Schneider, Helmuth (Kassel), “Traffic”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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