The Circus Maxentius, which is situated off the Via Appia, was built during the reign of the emperor Maxentius (r. 306-312). The track, which is 503 m long and between 75 m and 79 m wide, is one of the largest known.
The spina, the barrier running down the middle of the track, was exactly 1,000 Roman feet (296 m) long, and would have been cased in marble. The obelisk that now graces the Piazza Navona once stood on the spina.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
small-group walking tours
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