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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$40.50
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ANCIENT ROMAN NAKED VENUS FEMALE GODDESS 3 DIMENSIONAL NUDE SCULPTURE
ANCIENT ROMAN NAKED VENUS FEMALE GODDESS 3 DIMENSIONAL NUDE SCULPTURE
$74.95
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ancient roman sculpture replica artifact son of zeus Hercules wearing slain lion
ancient roman sculpture replica artifact son of zeus Hercules wearing slain lion
$99.90
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze zoomorphic Hairpin of a bird
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze zoomorphic Hairpin of a bird
$121.50
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$33.30
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APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN POTTERY OIL LAMP WITH ANIMAL DECORATIONS
APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN POTTERY OIL LAMP WITH ANIMAL DECORATIONS
$150.00
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5 VIRTUS Ancient Roman  Byzantine Arrowheads Beautiful Specimens 30 mm  less
5 VIRTUS Ancient Roman Byzantine Arrowheads Beautiful Specimens 30 mm less
$116.95
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ANCIENT GREEK VESSEL OF STADIUM HORSE RACING CHARIOTS ADORNED VASE POT BROWN
ANCIENT GREEK VESSEL OF STADIUM HORSE RACING CHARIOTS ADORNED VASE POT BROWN
$139.95
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COLLECTION Ancient ROMAN ARTIFACT LOT silver fouree coin fibula buckle old ring
COLLECTION Ancient ROMAN ARTIFACT LOT silver fouree coin fibula buckle old ring
$7.77
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Ancient ROMAN FIBULA BROOCH 0 400 AD trumpet shaped jewelry old artifact antique
Ancient ROMAN FIBULA BROOCH 0 400 AD trumpet shaped jewelry old artifact antique
$4.99
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Ancient ROMAN ARROWHEAD military tool hunting arrow head antique army archery ae
Ancient ROMAN ARROWHEAD military tool hunting arrow head antique army archery ae
$4.99
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Ancient ROMAN COIN killing horseman CONSTANTIUS II 324 AD 361 AD soldier spear
Ancient ROMAN COIN killing horseman CONSTANTIUS II 324 AD 361 AD soldier spear
$4.99
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Authentic Ancient ROMAN COIN military soldiers CONSTANS 333 350 AD tool antique
Authentic Ancient ROMAN COIN military soldiers CONSTANS 333 350 AD tool antique
$4.99
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Ancient ROMAN FIGURINE LEG horse hoof statue animal old antique artifact cavalry
Ancient ROMAN FIGURINE LEG horse hoof statue animal old antique artifact cavalry
$7.50
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Ancient ROMAN STAMP RING 0 400 AD signet seal shipping tool old animal antique
Ancient ROMAN STAMP RING 0 400 AD signet seal shipping tool old animal antique
$5.74
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Ancient Roman Glass flask
Ancient Roman Glass flask
$500.00
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Authentic Ancient Artifact Unidentified BRONZE RING SZ 6 1 4 US 1675mm 11905
Authentic Ancient Artifact Unidentified BRONZE RING SZ 6 1 4 US 1675mm 11905
$39.20
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RARE Ancient Roman Mosaic Glass Cup
RARE Ancient Roman Mosaic Glass Cup
$2,200.00
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Ancient ROMAN Irridized Green ART GLASS VASE Antiquity
Ancient ROMAN Irridized Green ART GLASS VASE Antiquity
$269.39
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Ancient ROMAN Irridized Amber GLASS 3 inch BOTTLE Antiquity Antique
Ancient ROMAN Irridized Amber GLASS 3 inch BOTTLE Antiquity Antique
$139.39
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Ancient Roman stones glass from Jewelry
Ancient Roman stones glass from Jewelry
$35.00
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Ancient Roman ornate bronze cosmetic applicator spoon 1st 4thc AD
Ancient Roman ornate bronze cosmetic applicator spoon 1st 4thc AD
$40.00
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Ancient Mediteranean Lead spindle whorl Greek Roman
Ancient Mediteranean Lead spindle whorl Greek Roman
$12.00
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Military Ring with Turtle
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Military Ring with Turtle
$247.50
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Ancient Anglo Saxon BONE Crucifix
Ancient Anglo Saxon BONE Crucifix
$89.99
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Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4268
Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4268
$15.20
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Authentic Ancient Artifact  Unidentified BRONZE RING SZ 7 1 2 US 1775mm 11925
Authentic Ancient Artifact Unidentified BRONZE RING SZ 7 1 2 US 1775mm 11925
$29.60
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Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient FINGER RING Sz 2 1 4 US 135mm 0902 DR
Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient FINGER RING Sz 2 1 4 US 135mm 0902 DR
$119.20
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Ancient Roman Empire Bronze Arrowhead with Display Chest 100 300 AD
Ancient Roman Empire Bronze Arrowhead with Display Chest 100 300 AD
$24.99
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Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Spearhead 9750
Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Spearhead 9750
$49.50
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Authetic Ancient Roman Coins Lot of 3 HIGHEST Quality Coins GB 28
Authetic Ancient Roman Coins Lot of 3 HIGHEST Quality Coins GB 28
$8.95
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Metal Detector Find  Authentic Ancient Artifact  Iron Knife Seax Blade K4265
Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4265
$15.20
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Authentic Ancient Artifact CARVED MARBLE STONE FRAGMENT ALS 2
Authentic Ancient Artifact CARVED MARBLE STONE FRAGMENT ALS 2
$40.30
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Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Belt Decoration 0945
Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Belt Decoration 0945
$29.50
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Authentic Ancient 1st to 5th Century ROMAN Lot of 3 Bronze Artifacts 12646
Authentic Ancient 1st to 5th Century ROMAN Lot of 3 Bronze Artifacts 12646
$12.00
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Ancient Roman Bronze Spoon LIGULA Medical Pharmacy Untensil with Suspension Hole
Ancient Roman Bronze Spoon LIGULA Medical Pharmacy Untensil with Suspension Hole
$59.00
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Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4260
Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4260
$15.20
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Authentic Ancient 1st to 5th Century ROMAN Lot of 4 Bronze Artifacts 12650
Authentic Ancient 1st to 5th Century ROMAN Lot of 4 Bronze Artifacts 12650
$31.00
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Metal Detector Find  Ancient Medieval BRONZE Key RING Sz 5 US 1575mm 11638
Metal Detector Find Ancient Medieval BRONZE Key RING Sz 5 US 1575mm 11638
$31.20
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Authentic Ancient ROMAN to Medieval Lot of 3 Bronze FINIAL Artifacts 12673
Authentic Ancient ROMAN to Medieval Lot of 3 Bronze FINIAL Artifacts 12673
$24.50
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Ancient Artifact Lot of 5 Medieval to Roman Era Belt Decoration Fittings 0743
Ancient Artifact Lot of 5 Medieval to Roman Era Belt Decoration Fittings 0743
$38.50
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Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4256
Metal Detector Find Authentic Ancient Artifact Iron Knife Seax Blade K4256
$15.20
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Authentic Ancient ROMAN to Medieval Lot of 3 Bronze FINIAL Artifacts 12679
Authentic Ancient ROMAN to Medieval Lot of 3 Bronze FINIAL Artifacts 12679
$24.50
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18thC Antique 5ct Persian Turquoise Ancient Roman Callais Hun Scythian Mongol
18thC Antique 5ct Persian Turquoise Ancient Roman Callais Hun Scythian Mongol
$299.99
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ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS  EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN BEAD EARRINGS 300 BC 100 AD
ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN BEAD EARRINGS 300 BC 100 AD
$175.00
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ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS  EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN  MUMMY BEAD EARRINGS 300 BC 100 AD
ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN MUMMY BEAD EARRINGS 300 BC 100 AD
$175.00
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Ancient Roman Round Bell 1st 3rd Century AD
Ancient Roman Round Bell 1st 3rd Century AD
$15.00
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18thC Antique 22ct France Carnelian Ancient Rome Persia Greece Celt Favorite Gem
18thC Antique 22ct France Carnelian Ancient Rome Persia Greece Celt Favorite Gem
$199.99
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ANCIENT ROMAN LIMESTONE HEAD FRAGMENT
ANCIENT ROMAN LIMESTONE HEAD FRAGMENT
$850.00
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ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS VASE 100 400 AD
ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS VASE 100 400 AD
$900.00
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ANCIENT ROMAN BYZANTINE SOLID GOLD PAIR OF OPEN WORK EARRINGS SUPER NICE PAIR
ANCIENT ROMAN BYZANTINE SOLID GOLD PAIR OF OPEN WORK EARRINGS SUPER NICE PAIR
$1,899.00
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$40.50
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$36.00
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CHOICE ANCIENT ROMAN MILITARY IRON ARROWHEAD 300 400 ADVERY RARE
CHOICE ANCIENT ROMAN MILITARY IRON ARROWHEAD 300 400 ADVERY RARE
$49.00
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PREMIUM ANCIENT ROMAN RING BRONZE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE RARE CONSTANTINE ERA V11
PREMIUM ANCIENT ROMAN RING BRONZE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE RARE CONSTANTINE ERA V11
$94.95
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AUTHENTIC ANCIENT SILVER ISLAMIC CRUSADER RING 7 1 2 US 1775mm 8655
AUTHENTIC ANCIENT SILVER ISLAMIC CRUSADER RING 7 1 2 US 1775mm 8655
$143.20
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PREMIUM ANCIENT ROMAN RING BRONZE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE RARE CONSTANTINE ERA V4
PREMIUM ANCIENT ROMAN RING BRONZE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE RARE CONSTANTINE ERA V4
$104.95
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PREMIUM ANCIENT ROMAN RING BRONZE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE RARE CONSTANTINE ERA V28
PREMIUM ANCIENT ROMAN RING BRONZE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE RARE CONSTANTINE ERA V28
$94.95
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ANCIENT ROMAN BYZANTINE PAIR OF HOOP GOLD EARRINGS NICE  ELEGANT PIECE OF ART
ANCIENT ROMAN BYZANTINE PAIR OF HOOP GOLD EARRINGS NICE ELEGANT PIECE OF ART
$350.00
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Ancient Roman Legionary clay brick with stamp LEG I ITAL
Ancient Roman Legionary clay brick with stamp LEG I ITAL
$170.00
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Ancient Roman Dice Die Latin Astragali w Engraving England c50 200 AD
Ancient Roman Dice Die Latin Astragali w Engraving England c50 200 AD
$126.75
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APHRODITE TALL ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS FLASK
APHRODITE TALL ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS FLASK
$350.00
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Rare genuine ancient Roman JAVELIN arrowhead ballista bolt head artifact intact
Rare genuine ancient Roman JAVELIN arrowhead ballista bolt head artifact intact
$21.50
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APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN EGYPTIAN DECORATED OIL LAMP
APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN EGYPTIAN DECORATED OIL LAMP
$350.00
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APHRODITE ANCIENT SIDONIAN CYLINDRICAL GLASS BOTTLE PLANTS TYPE
APHRODITE ANCIENT SIDONIAN CYLINDRICAL GLASS BOTTLE PLANTS TYPE
$3,850.00
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$33.30
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ANCIENT ROMAN MILITARY BUCKLE RARE LARGE HEAVY UNIQUE DECORATED BRONZE 1 3rd AD
ANCIENT ROMAN MILITARY BUCKLE RARE LARGE HEAVY UNIQUE DECORATED BRONZE 1 3rd AD
$99.00
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$36.00
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Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
Ancient Roman Empire 1st 3rd c AD Bronze Ring
$40.50
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APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN PSEUDO MOSAIC GLASS FLASK
APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN PSEUDO MOSAIC GLASS FLASK
$2,250.00
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Stunning Authentic Ancient Roman Bronze Snake Bracelet Artifact From Latvia
Stunning Authentic Ancient Roman Bronze Snake Bracelet Artifact From Latvia
$134.99
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large Ancient Roman glass flask
large Ancient Roman glass flask
$600.00
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large Ancient Roman glass flask
large Ancient Roman glass flask
$650.00
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Ancient Roman Glass flask  100AD
Ancient Roman Glass flask 100AD
$500.00
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2 Antique 19thC Aquamarine Ancient Mariners Talisman Gemstones
2 Antique 19thC Aquamarine Ancient Mariners Talisman Gemstones
$29.99
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APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE FIGURENE OF A MARINE MONSTER
APHRODITE ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE FIGURENE OF A MARINE MONSTER
$1,750.00
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RARE ANCIENT ROMAN MARIONETTE MANNEQUIN DOLL HEAD BUST TERRA COTTA 1ST CENTURY
RARE ANCIENT ROMAN MARIONETTE MANNEQUIN DOLL HEAD BUST TERRA COTTA 1ST CENTURY
$295.00
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TWO ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS BRACELETS AUTHENTIC IRIDESCENT ONE WEARABLE
TWO ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS BRACELETS AUTHENTIC IRIDESCENT ONE WEARABLE
$120.00
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Ancient Roman Coin Nero25mm148g
Ancient Roman Coin Nero25mm148g
$4.25
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Ancient Punic Amphora 1 Large and 5 Small Pieces from Carthage Tunisia
Ancient Punic Amphora 1 Large and 5 Small Pieces from Carthage Tunisia
$499.99
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RARE Ancient ROMAN COIN prize urn CARACALLA 196 AD 217 AD NICAEA BITHYNIA vase
RARE Ancient ROMAN COIN prize urn CARACALLA 196 AD 217 AD NICAEA BITHYNIA vase
$96.00
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Ancient ROMAN COIN military standards CONSTANTINE II 316 AD 340 AD vf ef xf old
Ancient ROMAN COIN military standards CONSTANTINE II 316 AD 340 AD vf ef xf old
$132.00
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CHOICE Authentic Ancient ROMAN KNEE BROOCH old jewelry treasure fibula pin vg
CHOICE Authentic Ancient ROMAN KNEE BROOCH old jewelry treasure fibula pin vg
$40.00
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Ancient ROMAN DISC BROOCH blue  red enamel old jewelry antique artiact enameled
Ancient ROMAN DISC BROOCH blue red enamel old jewelry antique artiact enameled
$148.00
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Ancient ROMAN COIN boat Chi Rho CONSTANS 333 AD globe angel antique ship old VG
Ancient ROMAN COIN boat Chi Rho CONSTANS 333 AD globe angel antique ship old VG
$76.00
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NEW Ancient Roman Families Praetorian Inheritance Augustan Marriage Emancipation
NEW Ancient Roman Families Praetorian Inheritance Augustan Marriage Emancipation
$209.99
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19thC Antique 1ct Scotland Cairngorm Smoky Quartz Ancient Roman Intaglio Gem Ur
19thC Antique 1ct Scotland Cairngorm Smoky Quartz Ancient Roman Intaglio Gem Ur
$39.99
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Chariot Racing – A Popular Sporting Event in Ancient Times

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, chariot racing was one of the most popular sports beloved by the masses. Although it was a dangerous sport with frequent serious injuries and deaths on both horse and driver, it was a huge draw for spectators who came in droves to watch the spectacle.

The origin of chariot racing is not clear, but evidence from pottery during the Mycenaean Age and a literary reference described by Homer suggests very early beginnings. Chariot racing became one of the more important equestrian events when it was added to the Olympic Games in 680 B.C. Though not as highly esteemed as the foot race, it surpassed racing on horseback which was eventually discontinued.

The races in ancient Greece were held in a stadium called the hippodrome. Ten or more chariots could run at a time. The horses ran around a stone or wooden barrier called an embolon that divided the elongated racecourse. There were two-horse and four-horse chariot races consisting of twelve laps around the hippodrome.

Before each race the names of the drivers and owners were announced during a procession. The chariots lined up alongside each other and waited for the gates to open to start the race. Chariot racers needed to be tall and light, so teenagers were frequently chosen to be drivers.

The chariot owners were not the charioteers. Drivers were usually slaves and considered lower than a barbarian. Women were completely excluded from participation in the Olympics. Even though women couldn’t even watch the games, they could train and own horses. The Spartan daughter of Archidamus II named Cynisca, who owned and trained horses, employed men and entered her team at the Olympics. She won the four-horse chariot races twice in 396 B.C. and again in 392 B.C. She was the rare exception during those times.

The Greeks used chariot racing as a way to show off their prosperity and for the wealthy to seek fame. Although the charioteer was usually a slave or a hired professional, they could also be a family member of the chariot owner. The drivers themselves remained quite anonymous with no fanfare lavished on them in the form of statues or victory songs. The charioteers did not race in the nude as was the common practice in other Olympic events.

The Romans liked to include chariot races as part of their religious festivals. The Greek influence was strong and races run in much the same way with some exceptions. Chariot races in ancient Rome took place in a circus called the Circus Maximus that could seat 250,000 people. Their racing tracks had a median called the spina in the center of the track, and the race didn’t begin until the emperor or host dropped a cloth called a mappa signaling the gates to open.

The Romans hired professional racers and betting was prevalent among spectators. Unlike the Greeks who held the reins in their hands, the Roman drivers wrapped the reins around their waist, making them more vulnerable to injury and death should they crash and be dragged around the track. For this reason the charioteers wore helmets, protective gear, and carried a curved knife called a falx should it be necessary to cut the reigns and free themselves.

Unlike the Greeks, Roman charioteers were considered the winners and could achieve fame simply by surviving long enough. They also received money and a wreath of laurel leaves when they were victorious. If they were slaves, they could buy their freedom by winning a lot of races.

Roman racing clubs were distinguished by the color-coded clothing of the drivers. There were four main factions represented by their color named the Red, White, Green, and Blue. Rivalries developed between the teams which often erupted into gang warfare and increased street violence. Eventually the sport of chariot racing faded in importance after the fall of Rome and declined in popularity during the 7th century as economic and political problems plagued the Empire.

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