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Egyptian Chariots 16 th Century BC Egypt With the invention of the wheel came the need for a vehicle to mount it on. One such vehicle was the chariot which was very popular around the world. The Romans, Chinese, Persians, Indians, and Europeans all used chariots but it was in Egypt where the chariot was perhaps the most popular. The chariot, along with the horse was introduced to Egypt by the Hysksos invaders around the 16 th century BC. When the Egyptians finally defeated the Hysksos, they took the chariot and adapted it to better suit their needs. The first major change the Egyptians made to the chariot was to the wheel. Originally, the wheel was one solid piece of wood, and was very heavy. The Egyptians invented spokes that made the wheel weigh much less allowing the chariot to be much faster and more agile. Secondly, instead of having one horse pull the chariot, they had two,
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Unformatted text preview: again making the chariot faster. Finally, they changed the way the chariot was used in war. Instead of having a spearman ride the chariot and ride into battle, they would have an archer with a full quiver of arrows who would dart in and out of battle quickly, doing a lot of damage but not receiving any himself. The chariot was used socially as well as militarily. Socially, there were great racing spectacles where entire population would come out to watch a number of people race in chariots. To be the winner of one of these races was a big deal. The chariot died out with the addition of mounted archers which were much more effective and the crossbow which could easily destroy a chariot, but while it lasted, it gave Egypt a huge edge of it’s enemies. Overall, the chariot was a very important addition to Egypt socially and militarily. Josh Wexler 3/13/08...
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