The Circus Comes To Town

The world of the circus has long fascinated both casual spectators and renowned artists. The word "circus" means "circle." The name makes sense, given that the early Roman circus was actually a racetrack.

Philip Astley (1742-1814) is credited with developing the modern circus. He established a circus, or ring, to perform feats of horsemanship, and from these equestrian exhibitions the modern circus eventually developed. The literature of the circus is both varied and engaging.