The Stable of Senex Caecilius

The stable (stabulum) stores hay and provides stalls for the horse, the oxen, and the two mules. (My mother named them Dulcia and Acerbus; it doesn't take long to tell them apart!) It also houses an odd assortment of carts, carriages, and wagons, but the only litters on this farm are the feline variety!


Here is some additional information about land transportation and roads (viae).

  • Travelers and workmen relied on a variety of conveyances: carts, carriages, chariots, drays, gigs, litters, sedans, surreys, and wagons.
  • Latin names include arcera, biga, birota, carpentum, carruca, carrus, cisium, covinus, essedum, lectica, petorritum, pilentum, plaustrum, quadriga, raeda and sarracum.
  • Litters and sedans were carried by slaves; other vehicles were pulled by individual draft animals or teams of horses, donkeys, mules, and oxen.
  • An entry in Smith's Dictionary details the construction and superintendence of Roman roads and gives a brief description of major Roman highways.
  • Another brief article gives additional information about Roman roads and land transportation.
  • A site about the equine hybrid called a mule provides information about the breed: origin and history, characteristics, and terminology.

    Some of the preceding information comes from Travel in the Ancient World, written by Lionel Casson and published in1994 by The Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore).

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