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Still Standing: The Roman Colosseum

by | Aug 29, 2019 | Architecture, Travel

The Roman Colosseum is an architectural that was finished being built in 80 AD. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, ordered to be built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD. This magnificent piece of architecture is located in Rome, Italy and it is not only a sight to see, but also a Wonder of the World! This masterpiece features 80 gigantic arch entrance ways so that it could accompany the masses. And masses it held, with a capacity of over 50,000 people.

 

Anatomy and History of the Colosseum

 

Being as it was built during this age, the main components of this piece are made with limestone, volcanic rock and concrete. A massive structure towering over the nearby buildings. Although it seems to be a giant theater, it was not used for shows of any type. Well, you could call it a show; A show of violence. More like an arena for people with an appetite for blood.

 

Colosseum

Inner area of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

 

Higher ranking individuals in this time had slaves and the money to buy people as property of their own. These would be criminals, prisoners of war or those who had been taken into a slave ring of circumstances unknown. People who were seen as property were sent to this massive arena and displayed in fights against animals or even one another! Gladiators! This was a period of time where people whose strength bested another would have their power displayed.

 

The Colosseum Today

 

Of course, that was the past, and in our modern age, no such violence would be allowed in any manner of this kind. Today, the Colosseum is slowly being restored to its original historical value. Regardless, there’s no chance that it would ever stand as tall and strong as it did almost 2000 years ago. Plan a trip to the Colosseum, it is an amazing place to visit and you can check off your first Wonder of the World.

About The Author

Santino DeBlasiis

Rome, New York born and bred. Strong Italian heritage and a whole lot of talent. Let's play some Bocce. I'll win and then write about it. Otherwise, I'll be by the water throwing in a line and having a drink.

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