There has been numerous of public entertainments existing since the ancient world, circus is one of them. It was first founded in the ancient Romans approximately sixth century B.C. Chariot races, gladiator fights, and exotic animals show are the popular entertainment among the spectators which was held in the Circus Maximus in Rome.
After century of the Roman Empire had vanished, the site was permanently closed. It made public entertainment decreased to small groups that traveled from site to site. They catered entertainment of vary talents namely, clowns, jugglers, mimes, and animal trainers. In its dark ages, people barely had leisure time that made people rarely watching circus. Nevertheless, the circus still survived and made a jump off to its magnificence form in eighteenth century.
Philip Astley, in late 1700s, founded the first modern circus by developing in door stadium. After his death, the circus spread to America. In the early 1800s, due to its popularity, US took the circus to the next level which improved it to portable tents. Joshua brown was the men behind it.