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Trier: Circus


Model of the circus of Trier. Landesmuseum, Trier (Germany). Photo Jona Lendering.
Model of the circus of Trier. Landesmuseum.
Augusta Treverorum: Roman city, modern Trier.
   
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The circus appears to date back to the earliest period of the history of Trier; the race track may have been created immediately after the city was founded. However, the hippodrome, which was about 450 meter long, became truly monumental in the first half of the second century. It was renovated after 293, when Constantius Chlorus moved his residence to Trier.

There is nothing to be seen any more; there are many houses built over the ancient circus (satellite photo). Still, we know that the monument was connected to the aqueduct, and we may assume that there were fountains on the spina.

Not far from here was the amphitheater.

Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier.
Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier (order; review)

History Pictures
Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2008
Revision: 7 Dec. 2008
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