Panoramic 3d Picture of the Coliseum! (Make sure to check out the dude with the mushroom haircut and black socks!) The Colosseum, or the Coliseum,is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
The Floor of the Coliseum could be removed and then the whole complex could be flooded so that visitors to the Coliseum could be treated to Naval Battles... thats right, they brought in boats and fought inside... with BOATS!
The ceiling of the Coliseum was equipped with an extendable shade mechanism. The Ancient Romans were not ones to have thir deadly bloodsports interrupted by something like too much sun or rain.
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Construction of the Colosseum began under the rule of the Emperor Vespasian in around 70–72 AD. The site chosen was a flat area on the floor of a low valley between the Caelian, Esquiline and Palatine Hills, through which a canalised stream ran. By the 2nd century BC the area was densely inhabited. It was devastated by the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64, following which Nero seized much of the area to add to his personal domain. He built the grandiose Domus Aurea on the site, in front of which he created an artificial lake surrounded by pavilions, gardens and porticoes. The existing Aqua Claudia aqueduct was extended to supply water to the area and the gigantic bronze Colossus of Nero was set up nearby at the entrance to the Domus Aurea.
A video about the Coliseum. The Colosseum, originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical ampitheatre in Rome. It is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and quite r...
Why is broken? Fires, Earthquakes, thieves, floods, and just plain old age... I think the question you should be asking is, WHY IS IT STILL STANDING!?!?!? Want the answer? Go to the yellow circle.
The Colosseum was built of blocks of travertine stone extracted from the quarries of Albulae near Tivoli and brought to Rome by a wide road specially constructed for the purpose. The amphitheater forms an oval 527 meters ( 1,729) in circumference with diameters of 189 and 156 meters (615 and 510 ft). The height of the four-storied wall is 48 meters (157 ft). The Colosseum contained 45,000 sitting places and 5,000 standing places. The broad paved circular piazza that surrounded the amphitheater allowed easy access to every part of the façade. There were 80 entrance arches, of these the four at the extremities of the major and minor axes were forbidden to the public and not numbered. The major axis entrances gave direct unrestricted access to the arena itself. In contrast both of the minor axis entrances gave direct access to special reserved boxes.
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Horrible Histories about the Coliseum! HORRIBLE HISTORIES! This from my favorite series: Horrible Histories. Got this one from the Horrible Histories game on the bbc website. In this episode, the Colusseum is out of ...
Gladiator School? Yes, they really went to school, but seriously, be glad you're here not there. This from my favorite series: Horrible Histories. Got this one from the Horrible Histories game on the bbc website. This time you learn who gladiator schools...

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