The Info List - Hippodrome

The hippodrome (Greek: ἱππόδρομος) was an ancient Grecian stadium for horse racing and chariot racing. The name is derived from the Greek words hippos (ἵππος; "horse") and dromos (δρόμος; "course"). The term is used in the modern French language and some others, with the meaning of "horse racecourse". Hence, some present-day horse racing tracks also include the word hippodrome[1] in their names, such as the Hippodrome de Vincennes
Hippodrome de Vincennes
and the Central Moscow Hippodrome.


1 Overview 2 List of Greek hippodromes 3 List of Roman hippodromes 4 List of modern horse racing venues 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Overview[edit] The Greek hippodrome was similar to the Roman Circus. The hippodrome was not a Roman amphitheatre
Roman amphitheatre
which was used for spectator sports, games and displays, or a Greek or Roman semi-circular theater used for theatrical performances. The Greek hippodrome was usually set out on the slope of a hill, and the ground taken from one side served to form the embankment on the other side. One end of the hippodrome was semicircular, and the other end square with an extensive portico, in front of which, at a lower level, were the stalls for the horses and chariots. At both ends of the hippodrome there were posts (termai) that the chariots turned around. This was the most dangerous part of the track, and the Greeks put an altar to Taraxippus (disturber of horses) there to show the spot where many chariots wrecked. A large ancient hippodrome was the Hippodrome
of Constantinople, built between AD 203 and 330. However, since it was built to a Roman design, it was actually a circus.

Biga chariot rounding a terma: Attic black-figure amphora, ca. 500 BC, found at Vulci

List of Greek hippodromes[edit]

Delos Delphi Isthmia Lageion Mount Lykaion
Mount Lykaion
[1] Nemea Olympia [2]

List of Roman hippodromes[edit] Main article: Circus (building)

Aphrodisias Beirut Hippodrome Caesarea Maritima Hippodrome
of Constantinople Tyre Hippodrome

List of modern horse racing venues[edit]

See List of horse racing venues

See also[edit] 19th Century:

Beirut Hippodrome Kensington Hippodrome Madison Square Garden (1879)
Madison Square Garden (1879)
known as the "Great Roman Hippodrome"


Sport venue New York Hippodrome
New York Hippodrome
Theatre Birmingham Hippodrome
Birmingham Hippodrome
Theatre Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol Hippodrome
Theatre Hippodrome
Theatre (Baltimore), aka The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center Gt Yarmouth Hippodrome Looff Hippodrome
(Santa Monica) Hippodrome
Theater (Richmond, Virginia)


^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hippodrome". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

External links[edit] Media related to Ancient Roman circuses at Wikim