Gladiators and horsemen fete Rome’s birthday

Gladiators and horsemen fete Rome's birthday
Men dressed as ancient Romans recall Gladiator fights in Rome to mark the anniversary of the legendary foundation in 753 BC of the eternal city. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
Gladiators, horsemen and women with flowers in their hair brought history alive Monday at Rome's Circus Maximus where thousands gathered to celebrate the Eternal City's 2,767th birthday.

The event involving some 1,600 actors, which coincided with a sunny Easter Monday this year, is a major draw especially for tourists intrigued by Ancient Rome.

Gladiators did battle and women in period costume danced in the streets along a parade route across central Rome in the event organised by the Roman Historical Group.

Legend has it that the first king of Rome was Romulus, who founded the city on April 21nd in 753 BC after a deadly dispute with his twin brother Remus.

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