with over 400 actors employed
in this Pike attraction, Ancient 
Rome gave the pike-goers the
illusion of going back in  time
to a life of gladiators and  chariot
races in the Augustine Period of
Rome.

A large arena, called the
Hippodrome showcased chariot
race, jousting, boxing, and
gladiatorial clashes  with broadsword.




Huge gladiatorial  spectacles included: 200 persons, 40 animals ( including tigers, lions, and  leopards).

The finale was a reproduction of Nero's Rome burning.

Inhabited in the same  Ancient Rome attraction,  a totally out-of-place  The Spirit of Fire", a Hawaiian 'god'  (a replica of  Kilauea Volcano), sported clouds of incense, smoke and  artificial  fire.

The cyclorama of the Volcano of Kilauea, Hawaii was at 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Walter W. Burridge, a painter, of Chicago, visited Hawaii and made a two-years' study of the mountain; thereafter, with a corps of assistants, he painted and built the cyclorama, the entire expense rising to 80,000 dollars.  Also  represented was the throne and uniform of the late king of Hawaii, with the furniture and equipments of his palace, relics of by-gone days.

On the premises was a restaurant for  public and for Fair employees.

Most visitors found Ancient Rome an educational exhibit.

12 chariots were used for the shows.
  
ANCIENT  ROME
Exhibit Statistics

Price of Admission-  10 cents adults
Another 25 cents to see volcano
Possibly another charge for the theater.

Exhibition Profit-     46,904.60  dollars
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