The Millionaire Maverick Of Roman Racing: Gaius Appuleius Diocles

Racing to riches in the showbiz of Ancient Rome

Giulia Montanari
Teatime History

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Photo of a young man in an Ancient Roman costume riding a chariot pulled by four horses. Both the horses and the driver are wearing blue feathers.
A re-enactor at the Puy-du-Fou theme park in France. Photo by Sébastien Faillon— Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to ultra-rich athletes, names like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Cristiano Ronaldo come to mind. But their million-dollar deals pale in comparison to the staggering fortune accumulated by Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a chariot racer from the 2nd century AD.

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Giulia Montanari
Teatime History

Thirty-something public servant in Italy. Can’t parallel park to save my life. Join Medium with my referral link: https://medium.com/@tanarx/membership