Presentation on theme: "Circus Maximus Robert Gottlieb Origins Founded by Tarquinius Priscus, 5 th king of Rome, 6 th century BCE Just a sandy track 329 BCE – permanent starting."— Presentation transcript:
“Gaius Appuleius Diocles, charioteer of the Red Stable, a Spaniard by birth, aged 42 years 7 months 23 days. He drove chariots for 24 years, ran 4257 starts and won 1462 victories. He made 9 horses 100-time winners, and one a 200-time winner. The champion of all charioteers. He excelled the charioteers of all the stables who ever participated in the races of the circus games.”
A Dangerous Sport Racers wrap reins tightly If a racer crashes…
Rivalries Factions hated each other Curse tablets Attempts to poison, dope, or perform magic on hosrses. "I adjure you, demon whoever you are, and I demand of you from this hour, from this day, from this moment, that you torture and kill the horses of the Greens and Whites and that you kill in a crash their drivers..."
Corruption Civilians would petition emperor during races Caligula became unruly, threw people out of arena