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Circus Maximus

Alan Tomlinson

in A Dictionary of Sports Studies

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199213818
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191726859
Circus Maximus

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The most magnificent of the Roman circuses. The Etruscan king of Rome, Tarquinius Priscus, laid out a sports ground for the celebration of the victory of the Etruscans over the Latins, and erected tribunes for the higher-class spectators. The last Etruscan king, Tarquinius Superbus, rebuilt these, thus laying the foundations for the Circus Maximus where Roman Games were staged. Sculptured into the slopes of the depression in the Murcia valley close to central Rome, between the Palatine and the Aventine hills, its layered seating could accommodate more than a quarter of a million spectators: the ...

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Subjects: Sports and Outdoor Recreation

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