A giant sports arena, originally used for chariot races and later for contests pitting humans against wild animals, the Circus Maximus in Rome, was open-air structure with seats on three sides. During the time of Julius Caesar, it could hold 150,000 people, in the first century BCE. Over time it was repeatedly enlarged until Roman Emperor Constantine (306-337), when an estimated 250,000 spectators could be seated and final size of the structure became about 2,000 by 600 feet (610 by 190 meters).
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Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, and he played an influential role in the proclamation of the Edict of Milan in 313, which declared religious tolerance for Christianity in the Roman empire.
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The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome, Italy. Situated in the valley between the …
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The Circus Maximus was a chariot racetrack in Rome first constructed in the 6th century BCE. The Circus was also used for other public events such as the Roman Games and gladiator fights and was last used for chariot races in the 6th century CE. … Its principal function was as a …
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Circus Maximus, largest of the Roman hippodromes and one of the largest sports arenas ever built. A U-shaped structure with seats on three sides and a low …
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Aug 2, 2016 – Interesting facts about Rome’s oldest stadium and the greatest and largest Stadium in mankind history – the “Circus Maximus”. 1 The Circus of …