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Old 19 Sep 2019, 11:54 (Ref:3928864)   #16
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I wonder if the Romans had a "How to Fix Chariot Racing" thread?.
What makes you think the Romans needed one, surely you can't be that old.
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I wonder if the Romans had a "How to Fix Chariot Racing" thread?.
Where Palisade Bender suggested that they replace the horses with sheep?
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I wonder if the Romans had a "How to Fix Chariot Racing" thread?.
There was some recent archaeological discoveries that uncovered some unique tablets. Apparently it was citizen discussions around Chariot Racing. As you would expect it was about the usual stuff.

Complaints about how the predictability of the races was common. How much better it was when the chariots were much harder to drive and more fun to watch when they ran Quadriga (four horses) vs. Bigae (two horse) style. Normal stuff.

The sport changed when one enterprising team owner obtained exclusive rights to the Hippodrome. Previously it was easier to watch. Seats were free for the poor, but now it was expensive to attend and even if you wanted to listen just outside the walls they charged you to be within earshot. It was so much nicer when they had free OTA (Over the air). Everyone could be a fan back then. Now some didn't even bother going to watch or listen, but it remained fun to complain about in the public forums.

There were other complaints as well. There was always the age old debate if it was the driver, the chariot or the horses. Some like to watch the horses and chariots, some just the drivers. Nobody could agree on exactly what chariot racing was about, or which elements were important. Sometimes these discussions resulted in fist fights in the public forums and occasionally deaths (today that is called a "permanent ban")

There would be periods in which various chariots or horses dominated. At one point a very wealthy breeder spent lots of money working on creating the perfect horse. They weren't as noisy as others, but they were very reliable and were very fast. Even after years of trying, other breeders just couldn't quite find the exact secret of that breeder's success. They won many races and championships.

As the chariots, drivers and horses got better, it seems like the racing got worse. Previously the better drivers would win by large margins and could work their way through the field. Now it was rare for any pass to happen at the front of the field during the race. As you would catch up with the chariot in front of you, the level of dust kicked up was just enormous. You would get close and then just loose your way and skid out. Those that organized the races tried to fix this. They eventually tried a system named DRS (Dust Reduction System). While it sort of worked, it was not quite as effective as everyone hoped and really didn't solve the problem. Many of the older fans felt it was particularly artificial and that older chariots "back in the day" didn't have this problem.



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Turns out that the views expressed in the tablets was quite inconsistent and whenever Caesar listen to them and made changes it made the racing worse.
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Haha brilliant Richard.

I particularly enjoyed the movie adaptation.

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Haha brilliant Richard.

I particularly enjoyed the movie adaptation.

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If I was any good with photo editing skills, I would take a current F1 cockpit (with halo) and make that into a chariot with the current 13" wheels, driver holding reins, power unit as a horse, etc. But we are way off topic, and my skills suck and/or I don't have the time.

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Great post Richard Made me smile. Just a bit too close to the truth.
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