What is the purpose of the Circus Maximus?


Updated: 3rd December 2019

The Circus Maximus was a chariot racetrack in Rome first constructed in the 6th century BCE. The Circus was also used for other public events such as the Roman Games and gladiator fights and was last used for chariot races in the 6th century CE.

In respect to this, who was the Circus Maximus built for?

It is believed that Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth Roman king built Circus Maximus in late 7th or early 6th century BC. Circus is also mentioned by historians as the site of the Consualia festival held by the founding king of Rome, Romulus.

How long is the Circus Maximus?

The Roman Empire was at the height of its power and the new Circus Maximus reflected this status. The Circus was now a stone construction, three stories high. The lower part of the cavea (seating area) was built in marble. The arena complex was now more than 600 meters long and 150 meters wide (2000x500ft).
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