Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Charioteer Flavius Scorpus

Scorpus (c. 68–95 AD) was a famous charioteer. Scorpus rode for the Green faction during his lifetime and accumulated 2,048 victories. As one of the most famous drivers in Roman history, Scorpus earned huge amounts of money. Sadly Scorpus is also known for dying young, at 26. Scorpus was a slave, as were many charioteers, and was born in Spain.

Eventually he bought his freedom, becoming a libertus (freed slave). Although the cause of Scorpus' death is unknown, it is likely to have been in one of the numerous crashes that occurred during chariot races. The Romans called these naufragia "shipwrecks".
The Circus Maximus (Latin for greatest or largest circus; Italian: Circo Massimo) is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome. It measured 621 m (2,037 ft) in length and 118 m (387 ft) in width and could accommodate over 150,000 spectators.
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