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Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 2: Photo 6

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The Circus Maximus from its eastern curve. Begun by the Tarquins, rebuilt by Julius Caesar, embellished by his successors, and restored by Constantine, the circus held its last games in 549. The races were long: seven circuits. The crowds, seated in bleachers like these, exceeded 150,000.  Not much is left: the marble blocks of the once enormous building were mined for centuries.

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