A Chariot Racing Day in the Roman Times Essay

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A Chariot Racing Day in the Roman Times The Circus Maximus was the oldest and the largest of all the circuses where chariot races took place holding up to 250, 000 spectators. It was traditionally founded in the sixth century BC by Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth king of Rome. In 329 BC, permanent starting gates were constructed and, in 174 BC, that they were rebuilt and seven large wooden eggs were set up to indicate the completion of each lap. The track was originally formed by the low ground of the valley. Inside, the track was covered with a bed of sand which sparkled with bright mineral grain. The lower seat tier was made out of marble, the second was made out of wood and the third seemed to…show more content…
The Emperor had a favourite horse called Incitatus. 'Incitus had a marble stable, an ivory stall, purple blankets, and a jewelled collar.' Horses like Incitatus must have been very lucky. Some people in the crowd looked for powerful beauty of the stallions, the richness of their accoutrements, perfection of their training and all the agility and bravery of the drivers and riders. Some people watched it because they gambled money into it. A few minorities hated chariot racing. A Roman called Pliny is one of them. He couldn't understand the appeal of the circus. 'Chariot races but I am not the least bit interested in that kind of entertainment.' He explains his point of view by saying 'There's never anything new or different.' He's amazed by the amount of people who watch it and thinks those people are childish. 'I am amazed that so many thousands of men time after time have such as childish desire to see horses and men driving chariots.' He thinks if spectators watch the beauty and running of the horses, then that would be good but complains that isn't the case. They are only interested in the winning horse. 'If they were attracted by the speed of the horses or the skill of the drivers, this would not be unreasonable. But as it is, they are interested only in team uniforms.' Spectators wouldn't care about the driver or horse but only the colour of the tunic they were wearing which

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