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Flashcards in Chariot Racing Deck (12):
1

Where?

Circus Maximus

2

How many people would watch?

Around 250,000

3

How many races did they watch?

24 a day

4

Ludi circenses

Chariot game in which mythological scenes were played for real

5

How long was the Circus Maximus and why was it designed that way?

600m long- designed to enable them to build up real speed

6

What in particular did people like about the racing?

-That they had a chance to bet on who won
-you could go for free

7

How would you identify the racers from far away?

They wore colours - White, Green, Red, Blue

8

Perks for the drivers

-Charioteers idolised
-best people like Diocles were paid a lot (35 million once retired)

9

Danger of race

At the metae there was a sharp turn and people would try overtake and it was hard to control the chariot

10

Atmosphere

-Glamorous occasion
-place to see Emperor
-place to meet celebs and opposite sex

11

How many laps were there?

7

12

Lap counters

Ova and dolphins