The highest paid athlete of all time

Gaius Appuleius Diocles was a second Century chariot racer in ancient Rome. He won over 1400 horse races and made around 35 863 120 sesterces.

In his days, this amount would have been enough to fully supply Rome’s entire army for more than 2 months! Adjusted for inflation it would have been around $15 billion. He retired at 42.

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