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Alfredo Tominz, The chariot race in the Circus Maximum. Wikimedia Commons

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This Secret Feature Kept Ancient Roman Chariots From Crashing

Close examination of an ancient toy chariot has revealed a clue to what helped lead ancient Roman charioteers to victory.

January 10, 2017
1:10 PM EST
A toy model of an ancient Roman, two-horse racing chariot. Credit: Bela Sandor
A detail of the wheel in the Tiber model showing a slightly raised rim. Credit: Bela Sandor | Photo: Bela Sandor

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