Ancient Roman Sports, A–Z

Athletes, Venues, Events and Terms


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About the Book

Chariot races. Gladiatorial combat. Fishing. Hunting. Swimming. The ancient Romans enjoyed these sports—sometimes with fanatical enthusiasm. This reference book contains more than 100 entries covering sporting events and activities of the era, and the Romans who sponsored, competed in and attended them.
Charioteer Appuleius Diocles, in a career spanning 24 years, competed in 4,257 races, winning an astounding 1,462 of them. Alypius, the young friend of St. Augustine, was both drawn to and repulsed by gladiatorial battles and struggled to shake his mania for the spectacle of blood sport.
Brief abstracts of the entries are included for quick reference, along with an expansive glossary and biographical notes on the ancient authors cited.

About the Author(s)

David Matz is a professor of Classics at Saint Bonaventure University. He lives in Olean, New York.

Bibliographic Details

David Matz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 237
Bibliographic Info: glossary, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7169-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3624-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
The Entries 5
Appendix I. Glossary of Terms 185
Appendix II. Chariot Racing and Gladiatorial Shows 197
Appendix III. Important Dates in Roman General History and Sports History 202
Appendix IV. Ancient Authors Cited in the Text 206
Bibliography 215
Index 225