"Life in the Fast Lane: Speed and Danger at Circus Maximus"

Passed Web Lecture on 09/23/2020 with Richard Bowen

Come and Discover:

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Come to Ancient Rome's premier race track: Circus Maximus. It's life in the fast lane as you hear the whips lash, watch the jockeys dash, and see the chariots crash.

Join the throngs in the circus, and enjoy the thrill of the races as they hurl headlong at breakneck speed. The oldest, the grandest, and the largest stadium in Ancient Rome has a spectacle for all of you!

So, grab a seat, bring your partner (or anyone you fancy) saddle up, and hold on tight, because life's too short to go slow. Time to get into gear and find overdrive, and let's see who can go the distance! All of Rome is at the Circus today, so don't miss out, and we'll see you at the finish line!

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"Life in the Fast Lane: Speed and Danger at Circus Maximus"

Discover the Circus Maximus

Richard Bowen


has lived in Rome for nearly 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Middlesex University and a Master in Arts history degree specialising in mediaeval and 20th century history from University College London. Over the years, Richard has led tours to many different sites in Rome and its environs and is particularly fond of Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the ancient Roman sites including the Baths of Caracalla, Trajan's Market and the Ara Pacis. 

Additionally, Richard, who has also worked for Smart History, likes to get off the "beaten path" leading tours to the areas of Trastevere and the Park of the Aqueducts. Richard is more than happy to guide tours about the Unification of Italy and the defence of the Roman Republic of 1849, and the rise of Italian Fascism. Equally, our (sometimes) favourite Englishman has no objection to being banished to Cerveteri, Tarquinia or Castel Gandolfo for the day.