thenickelguy Posted July 17, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 17, 2022 (edited) Justinian I also known as Justinian the Great, was the Eastern Roman emperor from 527 to 565 AD. Antioch mint year 35 to 38 I was surprised to learn today just how important chariot racing was in ancient history. That there were fans of various teams. Blues, Greens, Reds, and Whites were generally the colors of the teams and they were very much political. No fancy names like Spartans or Trojans, just colors. Fans would wear the colors they rooted for and had sections. The chariot, horses and driver could be identified by colored flags and what the driver wore. Those fans were pretty serious about their team winning too. Maybe this little coin was used in betting long ago at The Hippodrome. Scores of people watched the races. just before the crowd went wild during the Nika Riots? It was during the reign of Justinian I that a riot broke out at the races. A lot of the people left the event but many remained and then Imperial troops stormed into the Hippodrome, killing any remaining people. About 30,000 were killed. There is a lot more to this story which from what I have been reading had a lot to do with overthrowing Justinian I and other politics, but mob mentality certainly went into the works. Edited July 21, 2022 by thenickelguy 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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