|"See you not -
when in headlong
the chariots have seized upon the plain
and stream in a torrent along the barrier;
when the young driver's hopes are high and throbbing fear
drains each bounding heart?
On they press
with circling lash,
thrown forth at slacken rein;
Show on Earth"
Behind the barriers, chafe those beasts, - pressing at harness.
was the world’s biggest Gambling Casino and every
town from Britain to
Egypt had a track.
Imagine all of today’s football, baseball, basket-ball and soccer players belonging to only four teams, world-wide. The teams were funded by the state with the best stables, grooms and trainers.
there were the
Whites for winter-Snows opposing the Reds, for the
Dog-star of Summer.
squared off into
highly-charged “factiones”. The Greens were
Earth people - farmers, road
construction, building trades, teamsters and the
Everyone had their “team,” and the diameterically opposed Greens and Blues became the common person’s only real political system. They combined politics, unions, gambling, and the sports and entertainment industries - all into one.
The old expression, “When in Rome...” -If you were Roman, you went to the races.
People worked hard and gambled; and there was only one show: the “Circus.”
all over the City.
The Vatican used to be a race-track.
Famous was the Arval Circus, Circus Flaminus, Circus Maxentius and the largest sports arena in the world, the Circus Maximus.
could fit on the floor of the Circus Maximus. It
accommodated 385,000 people,
-a throng the size of Woodstock.
There was boxing, wrestling and running. Equestrian arts of relay and single horse-racing, precision-riding; Gladiatorial events, wild-beast hunting and raging wars between battling troops.
The whole of Rome attended. - The Roman Garrison was there to police a vacant city.
specticle was fantastic.
Parades and processions of dignitaries,
vanguished Kings, Gods and Goddesses.
Exotic and trained animals, acrobats; - the
massive throng with it’s energy
building for the races; vendors of every
imagineable food and drink - hockers
running up and down taking bets. Flags and
streamers flurrying over pounding
bleachers while their clowning cheer-leaders
dodged death on the track.
The Imperial Palace loomed on the wall so the Emperor could watch from his veranda. Many Emperors were staunch Greens or Blues members.