Circus Maximus Worksheet

Each part of the question will be worth 2 points. The number of parts to each question is noted in parentheses with each question. (Required activity, due by lesson 23, 50 opera points)
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1. How big was the Circus and how many could it hold? (2)

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2. Define (4):

Spina

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Metae

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Carceres

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Ova

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3. Draw a diagram and label it with the terms spina, metae, carceres, and ova. (4)


4. How many laps were in a race? (1)__________________________

5. What was the distance of a race? (1)_________________________

6. How many races were there usually in a day? (1)________________________

7. Name (2):

Three famous horses___________________________________________

Three famous charioteers___________________________________________

8. What were the advantages and the disadvantages of a charioteer's life? (2)

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9. Name the four teams. What two were added later and by whom? (2)

four teams _________________________________________________________

two added later _________________________________________________________

10. Why do you think the races were so popular? (1)

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11. Why does the writer Juvenal say women liked the races? (1)

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12. How many drivers are mentioned in the chariot race described by Ovid?

How many in Ben Hur? (2)

drivers in Ovid _________________________________________________________

drivers in Ben Hur _________________________________________________________

13. Why does Pliny the Younger think chariot races a waste of time? (2)

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