n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Traffic policy and circulation in Roman cities

Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The Roman road-system (including urban street systems) is one of the most famous features of the Roman Empire. In cities, especially the older and smaller ones such as Pompeii, streets were narrower and not always suitable for (wheeled) two-way traffic or (wheeled) traffic at all; in later Hippodamic - as found in Western Europe like Xanten and Trier - streets were wide enough to cope with traffic. Local governments tried to keep traffic flow under control by means of legislation and creating fixed traffic circulation, including zigzag and parallel routes, and routes around the forum. The forum itself was never accessible for wheeled traffic, only for pedestrians.

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