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Il Circo Massimo, Rome - Is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome, Italy. Situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, it was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire. It measured 621 m (2,037 ft) in length and 118 m (387 ft) in width, and could accommodate over 150,000 spectators.

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ancient centre of Rome map....including Circus Maximus, Pallintine hill and Roman Forum area

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from Atlas Obscura

The Mithraeum at Circus Maximus

One of the largest secret Mithraic temples in Rome is hidden next to the famous Circus Maximus. Discovered in 1931 as part of Rome's fascist-era building projects, the small subterranean space was once dedicated to the mystery cult of the god Mithras.

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A detailed representation of the location of the Circus Maximus in Ancient Rome. The Circus Maximus and the colloseum in Rome, Model of Imperial Rome EUR 2005. Personal photograph by author. 2005.

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The Circus Maximus as it was. The first major stadium in Rome built for the Circus Maximus was placed conveniently between the Aventine and Palatine hills, nestled within a small valley. This stadium would usually house the standard fare of the circus which consisted of chariot racing, specialized acts and religious ceremonies. Being that the stadium could accommodate 150,000 spectators, the sight would have been one of amazement for any citizen of the old world.

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During Pax Romana Romans celebrated 130 holidays as well as teams of charioteers competing in races in the circus maximus. Other holidays crowds watched gladiators.

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Circus Maximus: Rome's entertainment center.<BR>The Circus Maximus is an ancient arena and mass entertainment center located in Rome, Italy. It was first built about 600 BC. Situated in the valley between the Palatine and Aventine Hills, it met the demands of the Roman people for mass public entertainment on a lavish scale, primarily chariot races, but also wild beast fights and naval battles. Julius Caesar expanded the Circus around 50 BC, after which the track measured approximately 1800…

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