History

Ancient Rome’s Rush Hour Was the Ultimate Traffic Nightmare

A reflection on how traffic changed life in the city’s capital and lives on today.

Man in roman soldier costume getting into his car.
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The clip-clopping sound of passing horses, creaking wagons, and shouting vendors coalesced in the flowing, congested streets. The ambiance pulsed in stunning contrast to a slow and quiet…