. Photograph courtesy of John Gould, Phillips Academy, Andover. 2002.
The Maumbury Rings [otherwise known as "The Ring"), south Dorchester, built in the Stone Age as a sacred circle; the Romans converted it into an amphitheatre for gladiatorial games. Hardy's description of it in The Mayor of Casterbridge as a suitable place for clandestine meetings he augments with supernatural visitations of Roman legionaries watching Roman blood-sports. Here is 1685 Judge Jeffreys condemned the Monmouthshire Rebels to death [Philip V. Allingham].
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