Roman Sport – Circus Maximus, the Coliseum,and Gladiators
Sports were a huge part of Ancient Roman Culture and entertainment. Some of the events that Rome held, including chariot racing, the roman games, animal hunts, gladiator fights, and public executions, took place in the Circus Maximus. Another structure the Romans made for their entertainment was the Coliseum. This is the place where gladiatorial combats along with other combats, hunts, and wild animal fights took place in. The gladiatorial combats were mostly fought between men, but sometimes women would fight also. Gladiators were either slaves, condemned criminals or prisoners of war (ushistory.org. "Gladiators, Chariots, and Roman Games." 2014. Ancient Civilizations Online Textbook. Nov. 27 2014. http://www.ushistory.org/civ/6e.asp) Both the Circus Maximus and the Coliseum held the source of entertainment and sports for the Roman people.