Roman Circus of Mérida

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Carole Raddato
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published on 31 May 2018

The Roman circus of Mérida is a ruined Roman circus in Mérida (Spain), the Roman city of Emerita Augusta. Inaugurated in the first quarter of the first century CE, it was used for chariot racing, and was modelled on the Circus Maximus in Rome. Measuring 440 m in length and 114 m in width, it is one of the largest and best-preserved examples of a Roman circus. It could accommodate up to 30,000 spectators. An inscription suggests that it was restored in the 4th century CE.



About the Author

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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