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How advanced were the Romans and the ancients? Maybe they had cars. In 100 AD there was a coin minted to celebrate the making of the first highway in Rome. This coin shows the Roman emperor Trajan driving a car with his hand on a steering wheel and he is wearing a seat belt. Here is a quote from a coin magazine about this coin:
"Via traiana, an extension of the Appian Way in southern Italy. The depiction of the personification of the highway is reminiscient of the art nouvean posters of the 20s and 30s advertising motor cars."
Here are some web sites: http://tjbuggey.anci...fo/viatraj.html

So what are the implications? IF the Romans had a working steam or gasoline engine, they we know how the pyramids were built.

Mike215, Unexplained Mysteries 34 Comments [11/24/2011 7:16:50 PM]
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The Romans not only had cars, they had seatbelts? We didn't have those until the fifties.

We already know how the pyramids were built, and it didn't require steam or gasoline power.

11/24/2011 7:37:27 PM

Giardano Bruno

Well I have seen a Roman coin that had a picture of a 747 on it. It was dated 35BC. Said so right on the coin.

11/24/2011 8:23:52 PM

Then why haven't the rusted skeletons of automobiles been found in ancient Roman ruins?

11/24/2011 8:55:09 PM


That steering wheel is obviously just a wheel. And there's no car to be seen at all.

11/24/2011 11:25:54 PM


I think this might be a poe, but you never really know until you see somebody sincerely suggesting that the romans somehow managed to make automobiles without any evidence.

11/25/2011 12:16:24 AM

It's not a seatbelt... there's just a guy holding a cart's wheel, while lying down on a bunch of branches, or perhaps in a river, maybe on a road.


11/25/2011 12:17:36 AM

J. James

Suuuuure. And the Incans had dirigibles, that's how they built the Nazca lines!!1!

Seriously, who wants to explain Occam's Razor to THIS kind of stupid?

11/25/2011 12:51:36 AM

Raised by Horses

Rimmer: But you must wonder... How did the Egyptians build the massive pyramids? How on Earth did they move all those massive, massive stones?
Lister: They had whips, Rimmer. Massive, massive whips.

Thank you, Grant/Naylor.

11/25/2011 1:14:13 AM

Comrade Potatovich

Just because it was a highway, it doesn't mean it was a fucking interstate high speed road, you dumb fuck.Why don't you go explaining that the Thanksgiving bird is actually a conspiracy to boost PR for the West-Asian/Southeast European country.

11/25/2011 1:14:55 AM


Yeah, the plebs had FIATs, while the emperors drove around in Lamborghinis.

11/25/2011 2:07:20 AM


Wait, what? Romans built the pyramids?

11/25/2011 2:09:11 AM


I decided to give Mike the benefit of the doubt and check out the picture before I laughed at him.

Then I lol'ed.

11/25/2011 2:55:21 AM

Comrade Potatovich

"IF the Romans had a working steam or gasoline engine, they we know how the pyramids were built."

Makes peeerfect sense. I can do this too!

IF 20th century Americans had nuclear weapons, then we know how the Ottoman Turks took over Byzantium.

11/25/2011 6:54:32 AM

Brendan Rizzo

This, without a doubt, is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Any numismatist will tell you that the coin does not depict an automobile. If the Romans had cars, then what is the Latin word for car? How did this knowledge get lost? Religious zealots are usually not Luddites after all, and considering how addicted to cars and fossil fuels in general modern Christian fundies are, it makes no sense that the people who burned down the Library of Alexandria would have destroyed all knowledge of producing cars.

And why stop there? If the Romans allegedly had cars, then that means that they understood the properties of the internal combustion engine. This would also mean that they had had steam power for quite some time, so why are there absolutely no archaeological remains of a modern city? Hell, if they were modern in ancient times, as you seem to think, then they most likely would have had the printing press, too, so the destruction of one library would not have set humankind back a thousand years.

And at this point this is practically a footnote, but Rome was not Egypt. They were not even contemporary. Even if we accept your frankly outlandish notion that the Romans had motor cars, the Pyramids were built 2000 years before then. That does not in any way imply that the Egyptians had advanced technology.

11/25/2011 7:35:22 AM

Doubting Thomas

That doesn't look like anyone driving a car to me. Looks like someone laying back holding a chariot wheel. And if they had cars, why is there no evidence of this today? Why haven't archaeologists found any evidence of ancient automobiles?

11/25/2011 12:16:27 PM


I've seen pictures of the coin you speak of, and Trajan is NOT driving a car. And really, why would people hide the existence of an invention that made the lives of so many people easier and better? For funsies?

11/25/2011 2:13:57 PM

Not only did they have cars, but they had cars built on exactly the principles upon which modern cars are built? That is, all the metallurgy needed, all the advances in making rubber for tyres - nobody wants to go at more than like ten miles an hour on solid wheels over cobbles. No one.

Not only that, but notorious record-keepers either failed to keep any records of having technology around the same level as the 1950s, or destroyed all records for some unknown, insane reason. And then they went out and either hid or buried all trace of any kind of evidence that they had this technology - even down to hiding the thin layers of pollution left in rock strata there'd be, and almost certainly are from our current love affair with oil.

Please, please please be a Poe.

11/25/2011 4:52:01 PM


They had invisible cars.That's why we don't find the remains, we can't see them. Also the Latin word for car was Auto.

11/26/2011 12:11:40 AM


Well... 'steam engines' existed at the time... and 'railways'... and 'mechanical computers'... but nobody ever put them together all in one place. And it doesn't make this guy's crazy theory correct - it in fact disproves it.


11/26/2011 2:40:11 AM


I'm pretty sure that this guy is just a troll.

11/26/2011 8:42:42 AM

J. James


Sweet Christ, don't go there! Conspiracy Theorists can talk FOREVER about "supressed technologies" that don't exist and the people that they say are supressing them. It's like asking a Truther "why attack the towers?" or a Birther "why would someone hide the fact they weren't born here?" Just stick with the fact that this is laughable bullshit, they're less equipped to deal with actual facts than peddling their delusional fantasies.

11/26/2011 9:35:18 AM



11/26/2011 11:08:27 AM

Well, they did build roads, but my old paleography classes showed carts, if ever. Anyway, if so, why carrying women in carts levelled by slaves?

11/26/2011 11:31:47 AM


Thank god this isn't the BAUT forum. The mods would be defending Mike215 like he was some kind of savior and would be "infracting" (their new verb) and banning all us.

Go to BAUT and be forced to become an immature mindless child all over again, with dumbass incoherent parents called "mods".

11/26/2011 5:14:46 PM

Mrs. Antichrist


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