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War chariot
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I. Ancient Orient and Egypt

In both the Ancient Orient and Egypt the WC was a single-axle open chariot with spoked wheels pulled by horses. WCs were predominantly made of wood and in some cases clad in metal. The first evidence of WCs is on 2nd millennium BC seal rolls in Anatolia, and then in Syria (Seals). Their origin is disputed. In particular Hittite texts record the military significance of WCs (battle of Qadesh in 1275 BC between Muwatalli II and Ramses [2] …

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Hausleiter, Arnulf (Berlin), Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “War chariot”, 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 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1124270>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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