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    Chariot Racing in the Roman Empire (Hardback) By (author) Fik Meijer, Translated by Liz Waters

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    DescriptionA massive crowd of people, cloaked in the colors of their beloved athletes, slowly fill a 150,000-seat arena to cheer on their favorite teams. Athletes enter the stadium amid great pomp and circumstance as opposing fans hurl insults at one another and place bets on the day's outcome. Although this familiar scene might describe a contemporary football game, it also portrays a day at the chariot races in ancient Rome, where racers were the sports stars of the ancient world. Following close on the heels of his successful book on gladiators, Fik Meijer reveals all there is to know about chariot racing in the Roman Empire. After recounting the Nika riot of 532 AD-where tens of thousands of people were killed after a politically heated tournament of races-Meijer reviews the historical background, organization, and popularity of these games. He profiles the sport's famous teams, jockeys, and horses and discusses how the whole business fed into the strategy of Juvenal's "bread and circuses" to keep the citizenry happy. Expertly translated by Liz Waters, Chariot Racing in the Roman Empire also examines the political importance of these spectacles, where patricians and plebeians alike filled the stadiums. Meijer sees these contests not so much as an opiate for the people but as a political barometer: the Circus Maximus was the only place in the Empire where the supreme leader was confronted with the approval or disapproval of his people. Meijer makes use of scarce and obscure sources in this lively narrative, describing an exciting race with such enthusiasm readers will feel they are in the stands themselves. From the length of the track and the need to ride small horses, to the risks, techniques, and training methods involved in racing, Meijer recreates ancient Rome's favorite pastime in impressive detail.

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    Chariot Racing in the Roman Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fik Meijer, Translated by Liz Waters
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801896972
    ISBN 10: 0801896975

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: KNSP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: WSNB
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000, SPO057000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 06
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000, A09406000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC22: 798.400937
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GV33 .M45 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHC, KNS, SKG
    Illustrations note
    19 halftones, 3 line drawings, 2 maps
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    15 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Fik Meijer is a professor of ancient history at the University of Amsterdam and author of A Sideways Look at Antiquity, St. Paul's Voyage to Rome, Emperors Don't Die in Bed, and Gladiators.
    Review quote
    Fans of Ben Hur will find this very readable book entertaining and informative... It is an in-your-seat, in-your-face ancient history worthy of any bookshelf. -- David Lee Poremba Past In Review 2010 Readers will find an excellent overview of knowledge... The material is presented in a way which both interested lay people and undergraduate students will readily digest. -- John D. Muccigrosso Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010 This is definitely a 'must have' book for your library. The Lone Star 2010