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Roman Chariot Racing. By: Victoria liu. Origins. Possibly oldest sport (6 th century BCE) Popular to Etruscans Evidence of chariot racing among the Lucanians of Sicily in 5 th century BCE. Race Location. Races held in a circus (got name from its oval shape) Oldest and largest circus- - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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By: Victoria liuRoman Chariot Racing

OriginsPossibly oldest sport (6th century BCE)Popular to Etruscans Evidence of chariot racing among the Lucanians of Sicily in 5th century BCE

Race LocationRaces held in a circus (got name from its oval shape)Oldest and largest circus-Circus Maximus Originally raced in a flat, sandy track; spectators sat on hillsGradually developed into Circus MaximusFirst built with wood, burned down a few timesThen rebuilt with marble and concrete

PopularityPopular to all social classesPopularity depicted in common household items

Charioteers and TeamsMost charioteers started as slaves, but bought their freedom4 racing companies were known by their colors Red, White, Blue, and Green

Rivalry Help me in the Circus on 8 November. Bind every limb, every sinew, the shoulders, the ankles and the elbows of Olympus, Olympianus, Scortius and Juvencus, the charioteers of the Red. Torment their minds, their intelligence and their senses so that they may not know what they are doing, and knock out their eyes so that they may not see where they are goingneither they nor the horses they are going to drive. (translated by H. A. Harris, Sport in Greece and Rome, 235-36)(Trying to incapacitate a red racer)The ChariotsDesigned to be as small and lightweight as possibleMade of woodEnforced little support or protection to the charioteerNormally 4 racehorses per chariot

CharioteersWore little body protectionLight helmetThe way that the reins were wrapped around their waists (to use body weight to control horses) was dangerous

How the Races WorkedBegan with a ceremony headed by the dignitary who sponsored the gameCharioteers, teams, musicians, dancers, and priests carrying the gods and goddesses who were to watch in the races followed the dignitaryUsually 12 races a dayOnce the horses were ready, the white cloth (mappa) was dropped, and 12 teams began to raceFirst team to complete 7 full laps wins

End of the RaceSpectators followed the race by watching the egg or dolphin countersThe winning charioteer is presented with a palm branch and wreath by the dignitary

Other Purposes Races related with funeral gamesIn Rome, had religious tiesTo chariot driving deitiesSol (the sun)Luna ( the moon)Consus, agricultural deityLudi Magni was a festivity which was celebrated with the chariot races in honor of JupiterBibliography