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The Greatest Race: Chariot-Racing in the Roman Circus

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Sport, Spectacle, and Games under the Roman Empire:

The Greatest Race: Chariot-Racing in the Roman Circus

This series of lectures by Professor Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University, will look at the different ways in which sport and spectacle permeated the society and culture of the ancient Roman Empire (ca. 1-200 CE). The lectures investigate several different forms of public entertainment and leisure – gladiatorial combats and naval battles, athletics and bathing, and chariot-racing – and the respective monumental spaces in which they took place. Drawing on artistic, architectural, and archaeological evidence as well as contemporary literary sources, these lectures will wrestle with the problematic nature of their classification as sport vs. spectacle.

Sinclair Bell is a classical archaeologist and art historian who specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Italy. He is an Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University.

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