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Stadiums and Circuses in the Roman Empire

Although the most famous spectacles of Ancient Rome were the gladiators fights, different types of sport games and competitions were a very important part of Roman life. For this reason numerous stadiums and circuses attracting crowds of spectators were built within the Roman Empire.

'... the People ... hopes for ... bread and circuses'
Juvenal, Satire X, line 10.56–89

From the largest known stadium - Circus Maximus (Italy) - to the smallest - in Utica (Tunisia) - these facilities were an integral part of Roman architecture. They impress with their variety, shape and position. Similar yet at the same time different, various stadiums and circuses were spread throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. And even today they haven't lost the ability to impress the visitor.