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Whatever the were doing, it must have beenconsidered a benefit outweighing possible distraction of the horses and the dangerto both chariots and . Fig. 120, the , shows a trace horserearing at a , and reliefs often show unhelmetedfigures in desperate situations under the hooves of onrushing horses, their vesselslying abandoned on the track (e.g. figs. 97-100, 102, 103).

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Surviving and other representations show that the typical racing chariot was more like a .The driver stood on webbing that gave him a good, springy foothold. He is sometimesshown (as in fig. 119) leaning back on the reins wrapped around his waist as heplants his feet on the dashboard—an apron of leather, canvas, or wickerwork stretchedon a hoop frame (best shown in fig. 114), designed to catch the sand flung upby the yoke horses. The driver could also brace a knee against the dashboard orhoop as he leaned forward (fig. 116).

 

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It is just possible that the outriders are referees ratherthan competitors. But I think the prominence the mounted figures are given incircus scenes argues against this interpretation. Consider the vignette on the Campanaplaque, where the rider in charioteer’s garb is galloping dramatically out ofview. You could argue that he is a referee wearing standard safety gear, but itseems most unlikely that an artist would conceive this startling three-dimensionaleffect just to show the back of an ump. A similar conclusion can be reached from thefunerary relief shown below, which puts the rider among the key iconographic elements ofthe circus: team, , victorious charioteer with palm frond, starting-gates, turning-posts,lap-counters, and monuments on the central barrier.


Mosaic from Carthage, also shown in Humphrey, fig. 63. Thecharioteer at the upper right bears the victory palm and is accompanied by arider. We see a bearing an amphora and whip, and the feet ofanother figure who may be a or a herald. (Pascal Radigue photo from .)


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As with the , we have no literaryinformation about the function of these riders. There is no reason to believethat they were contestants teamed up with chariots, like the outriders in thechuckwagon races performed at the Calgary Stampede and other rodeos, who haveto cross the finish line soon after their wagons in order to avoid timepenalties. Mostlikely they filled a role similar to that of sideline coaches in modern sport. Presumablythey had some system to coordinate the teams of a faction in setting the pace,blocking, and whatever else was necessary to bring about a win by one of them.

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Since the artistic representations invariably show only asampling of the many figures on the course, it is not clear how many outriderswere present. There are always fewer riders than chariots, except on somesarcophagi where each chariot has an accompanying rider for compositionalreasons. If the riders belonged to the factions, probably there were four ofthem in all.

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The few writers who have taken note of these images have suggested that the tool, if that’s what it is, was used in track maintenance. It seems unlikely, however, that a tool used for routine upkeep of the track would be included in a scene of thrilling action. If the object is indeed an ax of some kind, it might instead be a piece of rescue gear, used to cut free an entangled charioteer, to separate the chariot from the team so that the track could be cleared, and to dispatch injured horses.

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Campana plaque at the Louvre; a damaged specimen is also held by the British Museum (Humphrey fig. 80). The driver has the reins wrapped around his waist,but the lines on his upper torso, likethose on the rider, are probably the interwoven straps characteristic of charioteer portraits,or perhaps a more protective padded garment.