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M) extensive, and the determine of Dionysus used to be  toes (.  m) tall. the massive wagon, drawn by way of  males, used to be .  toes (.  m) lengthy and .  toes (.  m) broad. different money owed of Ptolemy’s procession checklist , bulls with horns painted or lined Menageries and Zoos with gold,  Arabian sheep,  cheetahs, seven pairs of oryxes, , horses, one endure, one giraffe, cages of parrots and peacocks, and  males wearing timber with birds perched in them. ROMAN PETS, MENAGERIES, AND CIRCUSES Ptolemy’s parade of animals could seem severe, however it used to be modest in comparison with the Roman parades and entertainments that used animals imported from all components of the empire, in particular from Africa. Elephants have been renowned, they usually performed a huge half in Julius Caesar’s (– . . . ) triumph—victory parade—in  . . . From  . . . till  . . . , Roman armies have been battling a civil conflict that started on January –, , while Julius Caesar, then a basic, invaded Italy by means of top his troops around the River Rubicon, which marked the border with Gaul. the overall major the opposing military was once Pompey the good (– . . . ), widely known because the maximum of all Roman generals until eventually his defeat by means of Caesar in  . . . Pompey was once assassinated later that very same yr. The triumphant Julius Caesar celebrated his victory with a triumph in the course of the streets of Rome and up the stairs of the Capitol. It incorporated  tame elephants, each one sporting a blazing torch in its trunk, and the elephants climbed the stairs in addition to the warriors and their basic. Elephants symbolized Roman imperial energy, and the torches have been to polish brightly at the general’s victories. Elephants have been extensively utilized in struggle, such a lot famously through the Carthaginian basic Hannibal (– or  . . . ). In  . . . Hannibal led his military around the Alps in an assault on Rome. His strength integrated  elephants, yet few of them survived the crossing. Carthaginian cash of the time depict the elephants, displaying they have been African elephants (Loxodonta africana), even if a few historians imagine they may were Indian elephants (Elephas maximus), a few of which were imported into North Africa. almost always, although, the Romans used elephants for leisure. They have been wearing ludicrous costumes, educated to stroll tightropes, throw guns, practice bulky dances, and have been even made to sit down at a dinner desk beside people. Bears have been additionally wearing costumes and made to accomplish. Animal performances happened both on the street or in arenas equivalent to the Circus Maximus, which can seat an viewers of ,. The Circus Maximus, the unique circus, forty three 44 ANIMALS is the place chariot races have been held—it nonetheless exists and is a vital vacationer allure in Rome. The Circus Maximus used to be additionally the venue for staged hunts, during which wild animals have been pursued and killed with spears and knives, and for fights to the loss of life among animals. Elephants occasionally fought bulls or different elephants, and there have been fights concerning lions, bears, rhinoceroses, and different beasts.

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