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Harpastum, also known as Harpustum, was a form of ball game played in the Roman Empire. The Romans also referred to it as the small ball game. The ball used was small (not as large as a follis, paganica, or soccer-sized ball) and hard, probably about the size and solidity of a softball. It involved considerable speed, agility, and physical exertion. Little is known about the exact rules of the game, but sources indicate the game was a violent one with players often ending up on the ground.

Amphitheater of Florentia: [link]
Calcio Storico Fiorentino: [link]
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Yukow Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
En aquella epoca existia el football?
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Panaiotis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Yukow for all the fav :)
For your question: yes, the harpastrum was a sport very ancient, well known since the greek period and after most used in roman age. 
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Yukow Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :DDDD
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CoreyAMurray Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Perhaps someday, some archaeologist might find a text or treatise detailing the rules and regulations of the game, but the prospects of that are very unlikely (but not as unlikely as the development of time travel), so for now, we can only speculate. If an ancient Roman traveled forward to our era (which also is quite unlikely), he or she might well find fault with our present reconstructions.
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Panaiotis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting concept! However, even these are speculations.
I have no certainty that the reconstruction is trustworthy, but it certainly serves to give a good idea and encourage us to know more about the historical periods (alternative, like the roman period in Florence and not only the famous Renaissance) that we do not know.
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CoreyAMurray Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
of course, of course :)
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DoctorOsirus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Awesome! I kind of want to know the rules... (wants to get legionnaire armor and play with friends)
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Panaiotis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
This is my interpretation of this game. But it is considered very similar to the Historic Florentine Football, which takes place every year in this period.
Here some few rules: [link]
I have also reconstructed the amphitheater in 3D, where it was to keep the game, near the square of Santa Croce where it takes place even today ;)
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