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by Archaeology Newsroom

Travelling

A traveller in antiquity could travel either by sea or by land. Sea travel was more comfortable but it involved quite a lot of unpredictable risks, like storms and piracy. Travelling by land was safer but at the same time more tiring and it often lasted longer. People used to carry along an entire household whenever moving from one place to the other: clothing and blankets, food, water and wine, pots and pans, bath accessories and sometimes merchandise and gifts. Besides the “official descriptions” of trips that have survived until now, a lot of information on travelling can be found in travellers’ diaries and correspondence.