Hippodrome of Caesarea Maritima


Carole Raddato
published on 27 May 2024
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The hippodrome of Caesarea Maritima was built by Herod the Great (r. 37-4 BCE) for the inauguration of the city in 10/9 BCE. It was the venue of the Actian Games, instituted by King Herod in honour of the Roman emperor Augustus (r. 27 BCE to 14 CE). They were held every four years and included horse and chariot races, athletics, gladiatorial combat and hunting. The hippodrome was one of the main structures of Caesarea Maritima. It was huge, approximately 315 metres (1033 ft) long and 68 metres (223 ft) wide, and could seat 12,000 spectators.

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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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