Stadio di Domiziano (Circus agonalis), Piazza Navona, Roma

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Domitian’s Stadium (Circus Agonalis) is the earliest example of a masonry stadium of Greco-Roman antiquity, reserved for athletic competitions (running, wrestling, boxing); it is located close to Piazza Navona. Its ground level was about 5 metres lower than the current level.

It was built in the Campus Martius between 85-86 A.D. by Domitian, both to offer the people an additional venue for celebrations (and praise of the emperor) and to satisfy the imperial passion for athletics.

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