Ancient History Magazine 32

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Already an old sport, chariot racing reached new levels of popularity during the Roman era. With purpose-built stadiums, teams of devoted fans, and a thriving souvenir industry, charioteers could make a fortune – if they lived long enough.

Chariot racing in antiquity

  • David Potter, 'From the sport of kings to the sport of plebs - A day at the races'.
  • Jo Ball, 'Roman chariot racing fan merchandise - Vade Pyramus!'.
  • Daniel Kershaw, 'Home of the chariot race in Rome - The Circus Maximus'.
  • Ross Cowan, 'The lives of Roman charioteers - Despised and idolized'.
  • Murray Dahm, 'Chariot racing in ancient Greece - Sand and grit rained thick'.
  • Graham Sumner, 'Chariot racing in the movies - "The race... is not... over!"'.
  • James Blake Wiener, 'From Prehistory to Christianity - Discovering ancient Malta'.
  • Kenneth Griffin, 'Treasures of the Egypt Centre - Ancient Egypt in Wales'.
  • David Balfour, 'Orator, politician, and 'enfant terrible' - The notorious Alcibiades'.
  • Manon Henzen, 'Fast food at the races and beyond - Roman takeout'.
  • Sean Mowbray, 'Rome's forgotten triumphator - Publius Ventidius'.

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