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  1. The highest earning athlete of all time was a Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles. Adjusted, he earned approximately $15 billion in prize money alone.

  2. The highest paid athlete of all time was a Roman Charioteer. If he had lived today he would have been worth $15 billion.

  3. The highest paid athlete of all time was a Roman charioter who would be worth $15 billion in today's money.

  4. In 67 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero participated in the Olympics, bribing the organizers to postpone the games for a year. Nero won every contest, even one which he left the race after being thrown off his chariot. He was removed from the list of winners after his death.

  5. The highest paid athlete of all time is actually an ancient Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, who earned the equivalent of $15 billion before his retirement.

  6. The first mention of Muhammad in the West comes from a discussion between Byzantine Christian and Jew written shortly after Muhammad's death in 632. It says,"He is deceiving. For do prophets come with sword and chariot?You will discover nothing true from the said prophet except human bloodshed"

  7. The biggest sports riot in history occurred in the Byzantine Empire in 532 AD, between fans of opposing chariot racing teams. 30,000 people died.

  8. In 532 AD 30,000 rioters were killed and half of Constantinople was destroyed in the Nika Riots, over a conflict with chariot racing.

  9. The most lethal sport riot in history happened in Constantinople AD 532, was over chariot racing, and saw tens of thousands dead and half the city destroyed.

  10. Not all Norse soldiers who die in battle go to Odin’s hall, Valhalla. Half go to Freyja’s field, Fólkvangr, which has a different hall: Sessrúmnir. Freyja rides a chariot pulled by two cats and occasionally rides her boar, Hildisvíni (who is actually her protégé Óttar, disguised).

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Thor's chariot was pulled by two goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr that Thor could eat and then resurrect the following day with his hammer if no bones were broken

Emperor Nero competed in the Olympic Games. Nero did terribly and was nearly killed in a chariot race, but was nonetheless declared the winner in every event he competed in.

In the Olympics of 67 A.D., Emperor Nero competed in the 4-horse chariot races with a 10-horse team, only to be thrown from his chariot. He didn't finish the race but he was still proclaimed the winner on the grounds that he would have won had he been able to complete the race.

Australia had chariot races in the 1930s but instead of horses, they used motorcycles

In Norse mythology, the goddess Freya drove a chariot pulled by two cats.

The highest-paid athlete of all time is an Ancient Roman charioteer, Gaius Appuleius Diocles, who is said to have earned the equivalent of 15 billion US dollars over his 24-year career. Second is Michael Jordan, with an estimated earnings of 1.9 billion US dollars.

Mythical King Oedipus’ infamous killing of his father was in a traffic dispute over whose chariot had the right of way in an intersection.

The Battle of Kadesh, the earliest battle in recorded history for which details of tactics and formations are known. It is believed to have been the largest chariot battle ever fought, involving between 5,000 and 6,000 chariots in total.

After returning to Rome from a victorious military campaign in Africa, general Pompey the Great staged a triumph and tried to enter the city in a chariot pulled by 4 elephants. But the elephants were too big to fit through the gates and Pompey put the show on hold to hitch up horses

According to Norse mythology, Thor rode around on a chariot pulled by immortal goats.

In Roman chariot racing, there were four teams named after the colours they wore – the Reds, Whites, Blues and Greens. Fan loyalties were so strong, and the sport so brutal, that spectators were encouraged to sabotage the opposing teams by throwing lead amulets studded with nails at the racers.

In the 1930s in Australia, people used to have chariot races but with motorcycles instead of horses

Reebok is much older than most people realize (founded in 1895), and its running shoes were worn by athletes in the 1924 Summer Olympic Games, made famous in the film "Chariots of Fire."

The highest paying athlete in history was a Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, who got paid $15 billion in his lifetime.

There was an ancient Greek man named Gaius Appuleius Diocles whom was a famous chariot racer whose winning, adjusted for inflation, total $15,000,000,000 making him the highest paid athlete ever.

Over a hundred horses were killed during the production of the 1925 Ben-Hur film. Most deaths came from the use of a wire device to trip up galloping horses during a major chariot race sequence.

Project Chariot, a proposed engineering project that was to utilized 5 nuclear bombs to create an artificial harbor in Alaska. This was one of several projects that originated as a part of Operation Plowshare, the object of which was to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosions.

The names of pieces in Chess have changed over time. Queens were viziers or advisors, bishops were elephants, and rooks were chariots.

A man named Glaucus once insulted Aphrodite. She fed his horses magic water which caused them to turn on him during a chariot race, crushing him, and then eating him. Most of the time however Aphrodite was kind and loving.

The most violent sports riots to ever happen occurred in 532 AD where 30,000 people died and half of Constantinople was burned down because of the results of a chariot race.

Vangelis, the composer who composed the theme for Chariots of Fire, The Blade Runner, and much more, have no knowledge on how to read musical notes.

Aphrodite's mode of transportation was a flying chariot pulled by sparrows.

At the top of the tomb there was a sculpture created by Pytheos. The carving depicted Mausolus and Artemisia in a chariot being pulled by four massive horses.

On top of gladiatorial battles and chariot races, the Romans also held boat battles reenacting historical events going so far as to sometimes even flood arenas for better viewing.

The biggest sports riot occurred in the Byzantine Empire in 532 AD, between fans of opposite chariot racing teams where 30,000 people died.