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Circus Maximus

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Definition: Largest building of its kind in all the Empire. The Circus in general was a large building, usually in the shape of a racetrack, used for chariot races. The Circus Maximus was also used for horse-riding races, boxing, wrestling, gladiator bouts, and other popular kinds of entertainment. The construction of the Circus Maximus dates back to the Etruscan period, and the last race took place there nearly a thousand years later.

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