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Cisium

Alight, open carriage with two wheels, like a gig, adapted for two persons. Its form is sculptured on the monumental column at Igel, near Treves (see illustration). It had a box or case, probably under the seat. The cisia were quickly drawn by mules (cisia volantia). Cicero mentions the case of a messenger who travelled fifty-six miles in ten hours in such vehicles, which

Cisium.

were kept for hire at the stations along the great roads—a proof that the ancients considered six Roman miles per hour as an extraordinary speed. The conductors of these hired gigs were called cisiarii, and were subject to penalties for careless or dangerous driving See Cic. Pro Rosc. Amerin. 7; Ulpian, xiii.

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