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Carole Raddato
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published on 04 June 2024
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The Hippodrome of Gerasa in modern-day Jerash in Jordan is the smallest of the 48 Roman circus buildings known today, measuring about 250 x 50 m. However, it is one of the best-preserved Roman circuses in its functional and technical elements. The hippodrome could seat 15,000 spectators for chariot races and other sports. Its construction was part of Emperor Hadrian's ambitious building plans for Gerasa soon after his imperial visit in 129/130 CE, and the circus was completed in the early 3rd century CE.

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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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Raddato, C. (2024, June 04). Jerash Hippodrome. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/19042/jerash-hippodrome/

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