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Circus Maximus
Panem et circenses is a latin phrase that means "bread and circuses", signifying the means by which Roman emperors kept the people pacified. Back then circuses were more like nascar and less filled with creepy clowns, elephants, and acrobats. This is my lego replica of the Circus Maximus, the biggest and best race track in Rome. The place where it stood is now a large open field.
About this creation
Bricks used: 23,395.
This build needs a lot of acknowledgements.
Krazy Kastle Krak Guy provided inspiration for methods, colors, columns, and decoration.

I used some of ArzLan's column and decoration techniques from this bulid:

And last but not least I copied Mattia de Maio's White Horse to use as a statue.




We couldn't have "bread and circuses" without the bread! Some mead goes nicely with that too.



One of my favorite parts of this creation is the mosaic floor. It extends all the way around the building. It took a really long time to do.



My other favorite part is the construction of the rounded section. I overlapped all the bricks so as to leave no gaps deeper than a third of a brick. This gives the whole section a much more cohesive look.



I'm not sure what this relief is supposed to be... two guys attacking a goat maybe? It looks good as long as you don't look too close. :D









What stadium would be complete without box seating and some servants on hand to give you wine?



Here is that statue that I pillaged from Mattia.



Here is a closer look at some of the mosaic work.



A better view of the racers.



A better view of the side and the stairs up to the rafters.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  November 19, 2012
A build on an epic scale but with nice details such as the mosaic floor, the ribbed columns with their finials and the equestrian statue. The frieze above the emperor is a nice little decoration too.
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  June 9, 2012
This is excellent, I can't wait to see it in true bricks!!!
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  May 11, 2012
This reminds me of the old movie Ben Hur :) Particulary this part of the movie was really exciting when Ben Hur raced Messala around this kind of track. Brutal! Excellent creation.
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  May 6, 2012
Epic work with awesome details.
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  May 3, 2012
Awesomus Maximus!
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  May 3, 2012
Impressive. This must have been a lot of work. I especially like the designs on the outside. Great job.
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  April 20, 2012
I d love to see it real, it s impressive!
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  April 13, 2012
Hi, I saw now your comment on my creation, I 'm proud that you used my creation gor this big and great project!
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  April 7, 2012
Superb! Mate, if this was out of real bricks it would be killing it on the pages... It would also be worth thousands, lol...
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  April 7, 2012
Quoting Mark Erickson I really like this creation! lots of cool details! One thing I would do different is move the "Box seating" more towards the middle. I'm not at all sure what's accurate, it's just a thought. :)
While I think your suggestion would add to the symmetry of the build, it would not be accurate to the placement of the original. Of course this isn't exactly a scale replica, and there aren't exactly any pictures of the original Circus, I tried to remain true to what depictions there are.
 I like it 
  April 7, 2012
I really like this creation! lots of cool details! One thing I would do different is move the "Box seating" more towards the middle. I'm not at all sure what's accurate, it's just a thought. :)
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  April 6, 2012
This left me drooling. What an epic scale, and with so many details inside. The statue is glorious!
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  April 5, 2012
I love it and the detail! ben natividad
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  April 4, 2012
Oh wow, that's really beautiful!
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  April 2, 2012
Whoa, fantastic!
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  March 30, 2012
Wow! Great work on the curved portion! You put an incredible amount of detail into this, like the carved relief and the mosaic floor.
Daniel Brilliant
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Connor Nandell (John Connor)
  March 29, 2012
Now you made me want to go back to Rome. Anyway very nice work.
Daniel Brilliant
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Chris Melby
  March 29, 2012
The radius on the stadium is off the hook! Very nice!
Daniel Brilliant
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White Knight
  March 29, 2012
Super Stuff ! It must be like the track `Ben Her` was supposed to have raced around, amazing detail, very pleasing !>.....well done
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  March 29, 2012
Very nice !!
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  March 29, 2012
EPIC!!! Very awesomely done. Fantastic detail and use of parts. You have put a lot of thought into making it look as close to the original as possible :-)
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  March 29, 2012
Brilliant!
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  March 29, 2012
You really have a knack for large scale buildings on LDD.
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  March 29, 2012
Wow! This is fantastic! The details are incredible! Well done! --Blast--
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  March 29, 2012
I love the amount of details you have put in this creation. And since it is in LDD this is just crazy!
 
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