National Geographic - History
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Roman Circus, Circus Maximus, Hippodrome
The Circus Maximus as it was. The first major stadium in Rome built for the Circus Maximus was placed conveniently between the Aventine and Palatine hills, nestled within a small valley. This stadium would usually house the standard fare of the circus which consisted of chariot racing, specialized acts and religious ceremonies. Being that the stadium could accommodate 150,000 spectators, the sight would have been one of amazement for any citizen of the old world.