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Celebrating the Eternal City's birthday

Rome - Gladiators, horsemen and women with flowers in their hair brought history alive on Monday at Rome's Circus Maximus where thousands gathered to celebrate the Eternal City's 2 767th birthday.

The event involving about 1 600 actors, which coincided with a sunny Easter Monday this year, is a major draw especially for tourists intrigued by Ancient Rome.

A stuffed leopard face is part of  a traditional ancient Roman costume worn by performers ahead of aparade along the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum to celebrate the festivities of the Christmas of Rome.A performer dressed in traditional ancient Roman costume prepares to parade along the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum.A man dressed in a traditional ancient Roman costume eats breakfast in cafe' before a parade along the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum.Performers dressed in traditional ancient Roman costumes prepare to parade along the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum.A performer dressed in traditional ancient Roman costume bites his knife as women dance in the background ahead of a parade along the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum.A woman belonging to historical groups dressed as ancient Roman gladiator stands in Rome's Circus Maximus to mark the anniversary of the legendary foundation in 753 BC of the eternal city.

Gladiators did battle and women in period costume danced in the streets along a parade route across central Rome in the event organised by the Roman Historical Group.

Legend has it that the first king of Rome was Romulus, who founded the city on April 21 in 753 BC after a deadly dispute with his twin brother Remus. - Sapa-AFP

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