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Caesarea, Haifa District, Israel
 

King Herod's Hippodrome

 
 
King Herod's Hippodrome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 9, 2013
1. King Herod's Hippodrome Marker
Inscription. "Herod built (...) on the south quarter, behind the port, an amphitheater also capable of holding a vast number of men and conveniently situated for a prospect to the sea" Josephus

This edifice, whose location perfectly matches Flavius Josephus's description, was built for the inauguration of the city in 10/9 B.C. This hippodrome (circus, in Latin), was the venue for the Actian Games instituted by King Herod in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus. The games were held every four years, and included horse-and chariot-races, athletics, gladiatorial combat and hunting.

Did the Building Serve Other Purposes As Well?

In the Greek-speaking eastern part of the Roman Empire, these spectacles as well as sprint races were held in a building known as a stadium. Historical sources on Caesarea mention a stadium where Jewish, and later, Christian prisoners were sent to their death fighting in the arena as gladiators or as prey for wild beasts.

The 315 x 68m building underwent various changes. In the 1st c. A.D. the western seating area was added, bringing the structure's capacity to ca. 12,000 spectators.
 
Location. 32° 29.829′ N, 34° 53.422′ E. Marker is in Caesarea, Haifa
King Herod's Hippodrome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 9, 2013
2. King Herod's Hippodrome Marker
Close-up view of the english text displayed on the historical marker.
District. Marker can be reached from Kvish HaTe'atron 0.2 kilometers west of Rothschild, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the Caesarea Maritima National Park, very near to the western end of Kvish HaTe'atron Street. After traveling along the park walkway that leads from the Theater/ Archaeological Park area, to the Promontory Palace, and then to the Hippodrome, you will find this historical marker situated at the southern end of the Hippodrome.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chariot-Races (within shouting distance of this marker); I Appeal Unto Caesar (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicatory Inscription (within shouting distance of this marker); The Promontory Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Sarcophagi (within shouting distance of this marker); The Theater (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Roman Well (about 90 meters away); Architectural Elements (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caesarea.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Caesarea Maritima - pdf - Hosanna Lutheran Church. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia,
King Herod's Hippodrome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 9, 2013
3. King Herod's Hippodrome Marker
Close-up view of the illustration of the hippodrome (including numbered list of specific locations shown on hippodrome) displayed on the historical marker.
the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 19, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Caesarea Maritima - pdf - Hosanna Lutheran Church. This is a link to information and pictures provided by Hosanna Lutheran Church. (Submitted on April 19, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Caesarea. This is a link to information provided by the BibleWalks.com website. (Submitted on April 19, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Hippodrome. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Roman Circus, Circus Maximus, Hippodrome. This is a link to information provided by the CrystaLinks website. (Submitted on April 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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King Herod's Hippodrome image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 9, 2013
4. King Herod's Hippodrome
View looking north of the hippodrome.
King Herod's Hippodrome image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 9, 2013
5. King Herod's Hippodrome
View of the pathway that allows visitors to enter into the hippodrome area from the south, and stand where the chariot-races were held. The featured historical marker is situated just behind, and to the left of, the group of people seen in the picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on May 7, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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