Leaf 97 - Circi Antonini Caracallae
Andrea Fei, Roma, 1625
Rome (Italy) -- Antiquities.
Circus -- Rome.
Rome (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Maxentius, Marcus Aurelius Valerius, Emperor of Rome, -312.
The Circus of Caracalla. Circuses in Rome were long oval shaped structures built for chariot racing. The circus evolved from a simple track set near a hillside for seating into a large stadium structure with seating and a central divider.
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The Circus of Maxentius (known until the 19th century as the Circus of Caracalla) is part of a complex of buildings erected between AD 306 and 312 by emperor Maxentius on the Via Appia. The Circus is the best preserved of all Roman circuses, and is second only in size to the Circus Maximus in Rome. The only games recorded at the circus were its inaugural ones and may have been held in honor of Maxentius' son Valerius Romulus, who died in AD 309 at a very young age. He is thought to have been interred in the adjacent cylindrical tomb (tomb of Romulus). The complex was probably never used after the death of Maxentius in 312 AD.
Leaf 97 Recto.
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