Roman Mosaic with Charioteers

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Carole Raddato
published on 09 June 2015
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Mosaic depicting a charioteer and horse from each of the four circus factions (Red, White, Blue, and Green), 3rd century CE (Palazzo Massimo all Terme, Rome).
Chariot-racing was the most popular sport in ancient Rome, and the Blues and Greens were the most popular factions. Emperors Vitellius and Caracalla both supported the Blues. But it is the Greens, first mentioned in 35 CE, who enjoyed the greatest popularity.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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