What Were the Forms of Transportation in Ancient Greece?

The forms of transportation in Ancient Greece were chariot or carriage, ships, and horses or mules. In the villages, walking was common for those who could not afford to own horses or wagons.

Chariots were expensive, and the average Greek person could not afford to own one. Wealthy people who owned chariots used slaves or mules to pull them. Chariots were also used for racing and in the military to carry fighters with spears. These chariots consisted of a platform on two wheels where the rider stood and controlled the direction. Wealthy people also travelled by horseback, as they were the only ones who could afford to keep horses.

Ships were used for many reasons. They were the most effective way to get to other cities because many cities were located on coastlines and islands. Ships were for traders, merchants and the military, so regular travelers could only use them if they found a way to convince the captain to let them on. Merchants and traders were the main people who traveled because they needed other cities' resources and people to sell their wares. Religious people also made traditional pilgrimages to sacred places such as Delphi, which was a sanctuary for the god Apollo.