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date: 24 July 2024

horse- and chariot-raceslocked

horse- and chariot-raceslocked

  • Sinclair W. Bell,
  • Jean-Paul Thuillier
  •  and Carolyn Willekes


From the Olympian Games to the modern film Ben-Hur , horse- and chariot-races have proven a potent and enduring symbol of the agonistic culture of Classical Antiquity. Similarities did exist between Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cultures: equestrianism of all forms, due to the expense involved, had aristocratic overtones. But in contrast to the Greeks’ equal passion for mounted horse races and chariot racing, Romans strongly favored the latter, which they developed under the primary influence of the Etruscans and expanded into an empire-wide, professionalized industry.


  • Greek History and Historiography
  • Greek Literature
  • Greek Material Culture: Bronze Age
  • Greek Material Culture
  • Roman History and Historiography
  • Roman Material Culture

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