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Transcript of Chariot Racing
One of the most popular ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine sports.
Possibly the oldest sport in Rome, chariot racing dates back at least to the sixth century B.C.E.
Chariot races were only held during religious festivals. Roman Era Chariots were so light it is like driving a basket on wheels.
Some Charioteers began training while they were children, many stars were in their teens.
Even more popular than gladiatorial combats.
Charioteers had short careers because they were usually injured or killed.
The Circus represented the Cosmos Video #2 Byzantine Era Chariot racing continued in the Byzantine Era after the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Olympic Games were eventually ended by Emperor Theodosius I to promote Christianity, but chariot racing remained popular.
Chariot racing in the Byzantine Empire also included clubs, which played a prominent role in these public exhibitions; there was also violence similarly to the violence of modern football or soccer fans. Political Purposes Chariot Racing was a way to reinforce social class and political power.
The hippodrome of Constantinople was a place for political communication between the people and the emperor.
The people needed the games in order to freely express their opinions to the emperor and the emperor needed the spectacles to keep the people satisfied and show his power and generosity. Economical Chariot Racing was an economic development in the Roman Empire; like NASCAR.
Its economical stand point divided spectators into different clubs and classes.
The Chariot Races were even free to attend in the Roman and Byzantine empire.
Officially recognized sporting events such as Chariot Racing were usually the only place to legally bet in Rome. Social Order Inspiration Chariot racing inspired many types of racing sports that we have today.
Development of Cars in general
Inspired Formula 1 racing Fun Facts Hippodrome Chariot racing was appealing to all social classes from Slaves to the Emperor himself.
Slaves in Rome could buy their freedom if they won enough races.
Also the charioteer's clothing was color-coded in accordance with his social position. Chariot Racing was the most popular spectator sport in Ancient Rome.
Chariot races were a part of several Roman religious festivals, preceded by parade.
The sport faded in importance after the fall of Rome in the West In Constantinople.
Was a Greek stadium for horse racing and chariot racing.
Seated nearly a quarter of a million (250,000) people. Video #1 Circus Maximus First and largest Chariot Racing Arena in Rome.
2000 ft long and 625 ft wide.
Held up to 250,000 spectators. Training Would take many years.
They would ride chariots in the woods to learn how to ride well.
Would start at the age of 5.
They trained by joining the military and would work in nature.
Started at age 5.
Trained in a xystos.