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Chariot racing is next theme of successful lecture series.

HUDDERSFIELD and District Archaeological Society (HDAS) continues its successful lecture series with a talk on chariot racing.

On December 7, Dr John Rumsby PhD, former curator of Tolson Museum, will deliver a lecture entitled The real Ben-Hur - chariot racing in the Roman Empire.

Chariot racing was one of the most popular ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine sports. Often dangerous to both driver and horse, with both frequently suffering injury or even death, the sport generated strong spectator interest.

It was one of the most important equestrian events in the ancient Olympic Games.

In the Roman world it was part of religious festivals and teams were financed by groups of backers, each having a different colour.

The lecture will be held at 7.45pm in Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University. Non-members welcome, entry fee PS2.50.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2014
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