The ancient Romans loved chariot
racing. In early Roman times, young nobles used to race their chariots
around the 7 hills of Rome. People had to scatter to get out of the
way. They stopped for no one.
In the 6c BCE (about 2,500 years ago!),
the ancient Romans built the Circus Maximus in the city of Rome.
Basically, the Maximus was a race track. It was designed to race
chariots. Women could attend the races. They could sit with men. That
was very unusual.
The original Circus Maximus was built
out of wood. It burnt down a couple of times. During the Roman Empire,
the Circus Maximus was rebuilt using marble and concrete (an ancient
The Circus Maximus was not the only
circus in the Roman Empire. The Romans built circuses (outdoor
racetracks) all over the Empire. The Circus Maximus was the most
well known race track.
It could seat over 250,000 people!
Admission was free. Anyone could attend the races, including
Rome's poor. There were races every day. It was the height of
success to race in the Circus Maximus.
at the Circus Maximus
- Leisure Time