This book reviews the historical background, organization and popularity of Rome's most popular sport. It profiles the sport's famous teams, jockeys, and horses. This book also examines the political importance of these spectacles, where patricians and plebeians alike filled the stadiums. The author makes use of scarce and obscure sources in this lively narrative describing an exciting race with such enthusiasm readers will feel they are in the stands themselves. By Fik Meijer. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardcover. 185 pages.