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Circus of Maxentius Detail

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Circus of Maxentius Detail
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View of  the west end of the Circus of Maxentius that is located on the via Appia to the southeast of Rome.

Note the two large towers that are separated by green grass between them.  The area between them is where 12 chariots and horses would line up for the start of the race in the circus—some low brick remains of the starting "stalls" (carceres) are visible.

On the left side of the image, the high plain wall is the wall that encloses the Mausoleum of Romulus—the son of the Emperor Maxentius (r. A.D. 306–312). On the left side of the image, the high plain wall is the wall that encloses the Mausoleum of Romulus—the son of the Emperor Maxentius (r. A.D. 306–312).