Domitian Stadium

The Stadium of Domitian was dedicated in AD 86, as part of an Imperial building programme at the Field of Mars.  It was Rome’s first permanent venue for competitive athletics – think Olympic Games and other things, including gladiator fights when the Colosseum burned down. It was modelled on Greek buildings and seated as many as 33,080 spectators.  It had free assigned seating, snack and wine bars where you could buy: focaccia, olives, dried fruit, nuts, wine and potato chips.  It was so well organized that the entire stadium could be emptied in a matter of minutes.

It’s really hot, 27C, so we don’t mind hiding underground for something a bit different.


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