This is an antique print of the Spina at the Circus Maximus in Rome. The Circus Maximus, like other circuses, had a low wall which divided the racing track down the middle. The chariots raced round it. The three posts at either end are the "Metae". Also note the stand on the left with the word "Ovae" and the one on the right with the word "Delphini". These eggs and dolphins marked the laps.
The Obelisk was brought over from Egypt by Emperor Augustus and can still be seen at the centre of Rome's Piazza del Popolo square.
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