Inside the city of Rome, there was a place called
the Campus. The campus used to be a place where soldiers
learned how to march and do other soldierly stuff. It was some
flat ground near the Tiber River.
After the Roman army stopped using it
for training, it became a place where young men could and did
exercise. They would have foot races and places to jump.
There were even places to practice archery and box. Of course
after exercising they would either go swimming in the Tiber River or
head off to the bathhouse for cleaning in the pools there.
Roman men liked to show off. They
especially liked to demonstrate their ability at sports and soldierly skills. So there
were many places like the campus throughout Rome. They also went hunting and fishing. Romans loved sports.
They had several ball games where they could compete with each
other. They also had gladiatorial type activities.
Women were discouraged from any exercise
at all and were not allowed to show off their athletic skills at the