The Circo Massimo, the largest construction for performances ever built in history 600 m. long and 140m. wide is connected by legend to the origins of the city: during the games of honour of Conso, the rape of the Sabines took place and this was when the city itself was born.
It is said that the first works on the Valle Murcia - Murcia held to have been the protecting divinity of the valley - goes back to the time of the Traquinian people. This is related to the construction of a drainage system that permitted the entire area to be drained and to regulate the territory.
Julius Caesar was the first to bulid a walled structure, his plan is still partally preserved in the later constructions.
Augustus certainly contrubuted largely to its developmentand he completed and restored the hippodrome and decorated it with the obelisk now in piazza del Popolo and constructed the pulvinar.
Devastated few times because of the fire, later was reconstructed almost integraly in the Domiziano-Traiano epoch in the period to which belong most of the brick/laterizio structures that are still visible.
Numerous interventions were made by succesive emperors.
The Circus was still used, maybe only partaly utli 549 when Totoila offered the last games.
Subsequently the area became the agricultural zone and S.Lucia in Settezodio diaconia was established.
From '500 on it was used as a Jewish cementary.
A new industrial phase was noted at the beginning of 800: gasometer was installed towards S.Maria in Cosmedin and slowly, shops, manufacturerers, artisans and houses grew up there.
The liberalization of the area was realized in the '30, which together with present activities and with great excavation works brought to light a good part of the Hemicycle and the remains of the Arch of Titus.
As in the other buildings for the performances, the steps divided into three meniani(gallery) were supported on parallel and radial structures that defined on their insides spaces with differentiated functions.
Going towards the outside of the arena we find the external ambulatory, archs, intermediate ambulatory and another series of rooms adjecent to the cavea.
At the opposite side, located on a wide curve, there were twelve carceres supporting the loggia from which the magistrate threw his map.
After about fifteen years, works of excavation, consolidation and restoring were carried ;this was to prepare a project to sistemize the archeological area and to organize the Torretta and certain adjacent areas related to the Marrana a a Circus antiqarian.
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