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Roman Circuses Chariot Racing

A chariot is a type of carriage driven by a charioteer using primarily horses to provide rapid motive power. Chariots were used by armies as transport or mobile …

Some Observations on Roman Chariot Racing © Peter Donnelly. Revised January 1, 2017. I welcome comments. Please mail peter at this domain. Contents

Races were held in a circus, so named because of its oval shape. The oldest and largest circus in Rome was the Circus Maximus, built in a long valley stretching …

If at first the games of the early Roman republic had religious significance, then later the ‘secular’ games were purely for entertainment, some lasting a fortnight.

In Greek mythology, the Taraxippus (plural: taraxippoi, "horse disturber", Latin equorum conturbator) was a presence, variously identified as a ghost or dangerous …

Bloody Games in the Circuses. When the Romans went to the circus to watch the games, it was to view a brutal spectacle. Chariot racing was perhaps the least …

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