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.

Drawing of circus maximus

      150 CE
      Antonius Pius
      Circus Maximus, Rome

Additional Information:

  • Circus Maximus – Wikipedia
    The Circus Maximus (Latin for greatest or largest circus, in Italian Circo Massimo) is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome, Italy.
  • Circus Maximus – Ancient History Encyclopedia
    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.
  • Circus Maximus
    It was at the first celebration of the Consualia in honor of Consus, an ancient god of the granary or storehouse, that the rape of the Sabine women was thought to have occurred. Romulus is said to have held chariot races which were so distracting, says Livy (I.9), that “nobody had eyes or thoughts for anything else.”
  • Circus Maximus – Roman Colosseum
    The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about Circus Maximus. The Circus Maximus was a massive arena accommodate 250,000 spectators at one sitting which was about 5 times the number that could be accommodated in the Colosseum.
  • The Circus Maximus – Ancient Rome for Kids – Mr. Donn – Rome
    In the early days of Rome, young men would get into chariot races all over Rome. This was very dangerous, not only for the racers but also for the people who might be out walking. To end this practice, the Romans built a place to race chariots. This was called the Circus Maximus. The Circus Maximus was built during the 6th century BCE. It was originally built out of wood, but after burning down a couple of times, the Romans rebuilt it using concrete and marble.

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