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Ancient Rome Vs. Ancient Roman Life

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Even though, Ancient Roman life was revolved or surrounded around working and business or trade, there was also little free time available for freedom to just rest and relax. The Romans sometimes relaxed by watching or interacting with the entertainment and the Olympics. The competitions were varying from swimming to playing board games; to attending theatre performances, athletics and forms of entertainment appreciated by Romans in ancient times weren’t much different from those today.
A couple of the sports and entertainment played and watched by the Ancient Rome are followed: “Swimming: Swimming was one of the favorite activities of Roman boys, and it was widely practiced in the Tiber River, next to the Campus Martius. Most of the Roman
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There are some accounts of females participating in ball games, Board Games: Ancient Romans played a wide variety of board games, including dice, Knucklebones Roman Chess (Latrunculi), Roman Checkers (Calculi), Tic-tac-toe (Terni Lapilli), and Roman backgammon (Tabula), Public Entertainment: There were several other activities to keep the people of Rome content and to prevent uprisings, such as chariot races at the Circus Maximus, musical and theatrical performances, public executions, beast hunts, and gladiatorial combat. Rome’s most famous ampitheatre, the Colosseum, could accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. There are also accounts of the arena being flooded to hold naval battles (called Naumachia) for the public to watch. These forms of entertainment, all of which were massive public spectacles, were a distinct and important part of ancient Roman culture.” (VOX)
The 1st time recorded festivity of the Games in Olympia was about in 776BC, although this was surprising not the very first time they were held. History says that the Romans commanded that only one event was contested in this early event, a sprint, called the ‘stade’, and it is sure that many changes have occurred in the Olympic games since its commencement; Roman influence, reintroduction and of course its wide-ranging status as it is today. Of course, with certain traditions have remained the same. The Olympic flame, for instance, has been a powerful symbol of the games and although
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