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Is the proper term for riding a chariot "on" or "in"?

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One rides in a chariot.

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Thanks @josh61 for this link showing that while "riding on a chariot" has been used, it's always been much less common: Google Books Trends

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Or one rides on a chariot.

Sources:

  • The Material Life of Northern India
  • Varari on Theater
  • Iconclass: an iconographic classification system

Both prepositions are used, with "in" much more popular than "on" per the Ngram Viewer. I suppose you'd choose based on how enclosing the vehicle was.

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