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Roman Horse Racing
#31
Quote: I didn't know that the Compressor was named after that horse!

I'm sure it's not really! But who knows eh?... Wink

Incidentally, I wondered which of the horses in the mosaic is the named one. Chariot races went anti-clockwise, I believe, so presumably the drivers would put their best horse on the left of the team, as a leader. So Compressore would be the righthand horse in the picture - the happy-looking one wearing a sort of necklace... Probably any Roman spectator looking at the picture would know this at once!
Nathan Ross
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#32
So they raced as we do here in the states - counter clockwise. Ya know I'll bet it would have been exciting to watch those chariot races. To see that little chariot being pulled by 4 powerful steeds! Gives a new meaning to the term horsepower! And I wonder if there were betting on those races like we have today? A book maker at the circus maximus. Can you imagine?

Cheers,
Thomas
Thomas Guenther
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#33
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It does seem that chariot racing was the only form of equestrian sport practised in Rome.

Other than the cavalry games, of course.
Moi Watson

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