Chariot racing revival in Rome?

Historical society Vadis Al Maximo wants to bring chariot racing back to the Circus Maximus.

It’s not as insane as it sounds, actually. Quadriga races have been held in Jordan and France over the past couple of years, with more to come this year in Germany and Bulgaria.

The thing is, the way these guys are going about it seems overly ambitious, to put it mildly. I really don’t see them pulling this off in a year. I don’t see the city of Rome pulling something like this off, and it doesn’t have to beg, borrow and steal the necessary permits like a private organization does.

”All the main squares of the capital would be transformed into scenes from Ancient Rome, using props on loan from the Cinecitta film studios,” said Calo. But the effort involved in staging such an event would be enormous. ”According to our calculations, the Circus Maximus area could hold up to 35,000 people,” he said. ”Various maxi-screens would therefore need to be installed at various points outside the course so that people could watch the races”. Restoring Rome’s Circus Maximus would include setting up platforms, security exits, a sidewalk, a stage at the centre of the course, a ditch and outdoor stables. It would also require the assistance of other organizations, including the sports department of Cinecitta for costumes and scenery, municipal authorities for public parking and security, and riding groups for the horses and race training.

Yeeeah, see, that’s a little on the grandiose side. I vote they ditch the crazy movie stuff and just stick with making the Circus Maximus usable for its original hippodromic purposes.

The city is considering the proposal, though, so who knows? It might just it happen.

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Comment by Brandon
2008-07-23 23:41:39

Sweet!!! I hope they go for it. Rome thrives off of tourism and this will certainly draw more. Hope I get to visit Italy some day. I love history and your blog is very informative. I am stoked I stumbled upon it. Keep up the great work.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-15 11:35:33

Thank you so much for the kind words. I hope you get to visit Italy soon, maybe even when the chariot races are on. :)

 
 
Comment by jenny
2009-04-12 17:35:35

:love: :boogie: ;) I cant wait to come back to roma..im home sick from it…ive been there twice..i want to come in oct. to see this event…is it really going to happen?..do u have to buy tickets 4 this event?if so..where?..i want to boom my flight today…

 
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2010-05-03 14:28:58

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Comment by youur momaa
2010-05-03 14:30:45

:yes: :notworthy: :love: :lol: :cool: :chicken: :boogie: yeass yess yes yes i love this i made a small repreca!i lovee you! it even had charoits!

 
Comment by unicornn princese
2010-05-03 14:33:15

:chicken:

 
Comment by Gore and bloody stuff
2010-05-03 14:37:54

:skull: :skull: :skull: :skull: I want to see more bloody and guts.. this sucks with out it. Im emo and blood is “My thing” :cry: And recently I’ve tried to slit :angry: my rists:(((((( :boogie: :ohnoes: . I’ve noticed t :no: t blood and Guts and red thing make me kind of happy. and anything that doesn’t make m wanna kill myself sucks:(((( Bye

 
Comment by Gore and bloody stuff
2010-05-03 14:38:35

:no:

 
Comment by bill
2010-05-03 14:45:15

:hattip: yeeeww doogieegayys!what i woulderful ideal im visting rome next week i cant wait! its gona be soo fun! :giggle:

 
Comment by confused
2010-05-03 14:47:32

woahh buday what in darnations is that “emo”kid talking about did he even read this blog??thats imamature have some sences people! :eek:

 
Comment by Anonymous
2010-05-03 15:46:46

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2010-05-03 15:49:45

Damn, I thought this thingie saved my comments identity info. Anyway, as I said elsewhere, some people work in spam the way other artists work in oil paint or clay.

 
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2010-05-03 15:50:49

And NO, I CAN’T type a proper URL to save my life. Stop judging me.

 
Comment by livius drusus
2010-05-03 15:54:07

TOO LATE.

 
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2010-05-03 16:57:41

SO MEANS

 
Comment by yabbogabbo
2010-05-03 17:20:00

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Comment by livius drusus
2010-05-03 18:03:47

:glare:

 
 
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2010-05-04 03:22:00

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2010-05-04 03:22:45

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Jess in case case you didn’t realize it.

Comment by livius drusus
2010-05-04 09:41:33

Buncha smartasses up in here. :angry:

 
 
Comment by Adem
2010-05-05 15:44:49

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Comment by meww
2010-07-28 23:56:46

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Comment by Mike M
2012-08-13 00:20:33

What in damnation kind of replies did this post garner?

What in the world did you do? I see nothing particularly unusual about this post compared to most of the others you have created. But the replies sure are….unusual.

Must have been a keyword somewhere that you used that attracted random people from Google. Gotta love the internet! :giggle:

 
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