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In Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, chariots on the island of Crete and the Greek mainland were not used to directly charge adversary in war, but rather to bring soldiers to the front line, where they would dismount from the chariots and fight on foot. An inventory list found in the armory at Knossos in Crete lists 340 chariot bodies and 1,000 pairs of wheels. Studying the ratio of wheels to bodies implies that the chariots were intended for rougher service, perhaps for transportation along uneven roads.
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