Ancient Venues for Sport and Spectacles

Ancient Venues for Sport and Spectacles

April 18, 2018
8:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Lindley Vann | Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

Lecture Description

The Roman period was a time of unparalleled military power and territorial expansion that led to centuries of peace known as Pax Romana. During the height of the Empire, Roman citizens and the millions of subjugated races shared in some (not all) of the benefits of this time of wealth and prosperity. Some of the most obvious features in the archaeological record are the structures that were built as venues of public entertainment.

From the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, the Odeion and Stadium of Domitian, the theater of Pompey, and the baths of Caracalla and Diocletian, to the thousands of smaller versions spread throughout the Roman world, from the borders of Scotland to those of Arabia, these magnificent structures witnessed gladiatorial combats, chariot races, traditional Greek theater, concert halls, arenas for Greek-style athletic events, and, most popular of all, the public baths. This richly illustrated lecture will investigate these activities and their architectural settings.

Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are: free – high school students; $5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students and co-sponsors; $8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members, and; $10 – the general public. For more information, please contact

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