Hippodrome (Civ4)

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Introduced in Beyond the Sword
Unique building of the Byzantine civilization (replaces Theatre)
Hammer 50 (Double production speed with Creative)
Requirements Drama

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The Hippodrome is the unique building of the Byzantine civilization.


Compared to the Theatre which it replaces, there are several changes:

  • +1 happiness to the city
  • +1 happiness from Horses instead of from Dyes
  • Does not allow for turning 2 citizens into artists
  • Receives +1 happiness per 5% Culture rate instead of per 10% Culture rate.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

The Hippodrome of Constantinople (literally "Horse Path" in Greek) was constructed in 203 AD by the Emperor Sepitmus Severus. The building was a massive venue for chariot races. While the art of charioteering saw great advances in the Hippodrome - the first four-horse races were held here - much of the venue's renown would stem from its involvement in one of the most terrible massacres in Byzantine history. During the Nika Revolts, a brutal uprising between rival racing factions, nearly 30,000 rioters were slain by Byzantine troops within the Hippodrome.