Circus of Antioch

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The Circus of Antioch is a Roman hippodrome in Antioch, in present day Turkey. Used for chariot racing, it was modelled on the Circus Maximus in Rome and other circus buildings throughout the empire.

Characteristics[edit]

The Circus, measuring more than 490 m in length and 30 m of width,[1] was similar to the Berytus Circus.

The circus could house up to 80,000 spectators.

History[edit]

There is no consensus about the circus' dating, as it was built and used for several years before its official dedication. It seems to have been built sometime around 50 BC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Humphrey (13 February 1986). Roman Circuses: Arenas for Charioteers. University of California Press. pp. 446–. ISBN 978-0-520-04921-5. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 36°13′36″N 36°10′18″E / 36.226691°N 36.171743°E / 36.226691; 36.171743