Circus Maximus in Rome

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. Continue reading

First Sports Arena Disaster on Record

During the reign of Emperor Antonius Pius (138-161 CE), Roman records claim that in 150 CE, the Circus Maximus collapsed during a gladiatorial event, killing some 1,162. Continue reading