T. Mosaic. Horse race. B. Circus Maximus
1st-3rd c Roman Mosaics
(active 1st c BCE - 4th c CE)
T. Ainay. France. B. Rome
Lyon. Musée de la Civilization Gallo-Roman.
The Circus Maximus, or Hippodrome, was one of the largest sports arenas ever built, with seating for some 250,000 people. Only the site remains today, but the drawing on the bottom shows it as it looked in its heyday.
The horse races that were enjoyed in the Circus Maximus in Rome became popular throughout the Empire. The mosaic from Lyon in France shows the type of races that were so fashionable everywhere. Teams of red, green, white and blue competed in quadrigas, or chariots drawn by four horses. Betting on the various teams was heavy, and winning teams were greatly honored.
Notice the decorations in the center of the track, which are shown on the drawing of the Circus Maximus below.
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