previous next


or Petorĭtum. A four-wheeled carriage which, like the later form of the essedum (q. v.) and some other vehicles, the Romans adopted from the Gauls. The name itself is Keltic (petvar= quattuor, and rit=rota). It was strongly built and better adapted for rough roads than the reda (q. v.). On journeys the family usually rode in a reda and the servants in a petorritum. See the Schol. Cruq. ad Epist. ii. 1, 192; Ginzrot, Die Wagen der alten Völker, i. 224; and Marquardt, Privatleben, 734.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: