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The Streets of Pompeii

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A Fork in the Road
Pompeii Street Split

Pompeii Street Split

Marcela Suarez

A few of the streets were wide enough for two-way traffic; and some of them had stepping stones midway. This street forks off to the left and right. None of the streets in Pompeii were wider than 3 meters across. This one shows clear evidence of Roman engineering as seen in many Roman roads which connected the various cities of the Roman empire.

If you look closely at the center of the fork, you'll see a round opening at the base of the wall. Scholars believe holes like that were used to tether horses in front of shops and homes.

Sources

For more on the archaeology of Pompeii, see Pompeii: Buried in Ashes. Also see the Walking Tour of the House of the Faun.

Beard, Mary. 2008. The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

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