Roman Sport

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The ancient Romans participated in both indoor and outdoor sporting activities. Mainly, the Romans borrowed some ideas from the Greek sports and personalized some ideas. Most of the sporting activities displayed aspects of physical strengths and endurance. The rich Romans owned large and beautiful playing fields. The play grounds were either a gymnasia or a palaestrae. These places acted as status symbols and this made Emperor Nero to reconsider building a public gymnasium, which became significant symbols of the Roman power. Emperor Nero’s leadership lasted between 37AD and 68AD, and it was in this period and reign that he spearheaded the construction of massive amphitheaters for different sporting activities, especially the violent fights of the gladiators. The rich Romans showed patriotism by contributing money for the construction of more playing grounds across Rome. The government added running tracks and wild animal chambers together with chapels.

Chariot racing still remains as one of the popular sports in Rome. The idea originated from the Greek people, as chariot racing mostly happened during the Pan-Hellenic Games in the ancient Olympics. Different teams participated in the event, and received financial support from different groups. Tension and conflicts characterized this race, forcing the Roman emperor to maintain law and order by appointing officials in charge of games to maintain peace.

Gladiator fighting remains as one of the bloodiest Roman sport. Interestingly, the fighters also engaged with wild animals. This game was showcased for entertainment purposes. Alike, the Romans valued the games as they depicted the martial ethics of the ancient Romans. For this reason, the game was of great importance to them. Thousands of people attended the gladiator fighting, and this meant that this contest increased a high sense of patriotism among the ancient Romans. The gladiators were mostly captured slaves, who were trained and fed in seclusion.