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Caesarea, Haifa District, Israel
 

The Chariot-Races

The Carceres

 
 
The Chariot-Races Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2019
1. The Chariot-Races Marker
Inscription.  From the starting gates (carceres), chariots dashed counterclockwise on a seven-lap race whose finishing line was situated in front of the officials' tribune. The sharp curve at the turning posts (meta prima and meta secunda), at each end of the track, posed a major challenge for the charioteers.

The carceres, often modified, were arranged so as to offer a fair chance to all competitors. In the first stage - the Herodian period - they were parallel to the long axis of the arena (1). In later stages - the Roman period - they followed a radical setting (2).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyMan-Made FeaturesParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 32° 29.992′ N, 34° 53.466′ E. Marker is in Caesarea, Haifa District. Marker can be reached from Kvish HaTe'atron just west of Rothschild, on the right when traveling west. This historical marker is located in the Caesarea Maritima National Park, very near to the western end of Kvish HaTe'atron Street. The marker
The Chariot-Races Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2019
2. The Chariot-Races Marker
View of the marker, looking south along the hippodrome.
is situated at the northern end of the hippodrome. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King Herod's 'Hippodrome' (here, next to this marker); Tavern (a few steps from this marker); The Palace Vaults (within shouting distance of this marker); The Governor's Palace Baths (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bathhouse (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Inscribed Sarcophagus adorned with Garlands (about 150 meters away); Sarcophagus Lid (about 180 meters away); Sarcophagus adorned with Rosettes (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caesarea.
 
Also see . . .
1. Caesarea Maritima. This is a link to information, regarding Caesarea Maritima, provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 9, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Caesarea Maritima - Cornell University. This is a link to information, regarding Caesarea Maritima and the Promontory Palace, provided by Cornell University. (Submitted on July 9, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Caesarea Maritima. This is a link to information, regarding Caesarea Maritima, provided by the BiblePlaces.com website. (Submitted on July 9, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
The Chariot-Races Starting Gate image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2019
3. The Chariot-Races Starting Gate
View of the ancient hippodrome's starting gates, with a view of chariot and horses art work.
The Chariot-Races Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2019
4. The Chariot-Races Marker
A broader and wider view of the ancient hippodrome's starting gates, with a view of the hippodrome looking south.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 9, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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