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Published: August  05, 2014

Coliseum

The roman Coliseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre, is possibly one of the most iconic and imposing monuments of the ancient world and a landmark visible even from above. What is even more amazing is that its construction began approximately in AD 72 under the emperor Vespasian, it was opened by Titus in 80 AD and completed by his brother Domitian in 82 AD, therefore the monument is nearly 2000 years old and yet the external perimeter is still standing after so many centuries! The Coliseum has been since used as a pattern and prototype to design amphitheatres either in the whole Roman Empire and all across the world until the present days and as an inspiration and setting for countless movies. In origin the building was designed to host gladiators’ fights, mock hunts, various games and sport competitions. On some occasions the central area was also used as a pool for naval battles. It was build on the area that used to house the fabulous gardens of the Domus Aurea (the Golden House), the legendary imperial residence of emperor Nero. Unlike the most recurring interpretation, the Coliseum doesn’t derives its name from its huge size, but rather from a colossal (gigantic) statue dedicated to the emperor Nero that used to face its main entrance. The structure of the amphitheatre is made of travertine marble, bricks and blocks of tufa. The outer layer of the building is divided into four storeys that add up to a total height of about 50 meters. The last level was crowned with a marble colonnade, whose fragments are still visible on the ground floor. he building, with an elliptical shape, is 188 metres long on the horizontal axis and 156 metres on the vertical one and the cavea could sit between 40.000 and 70.000 people.

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Published: August  05, 2014

Coliseum

The roman Coliseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre, is possibly one of the most iconic and imposing monuments of the ancient world and a landmark visible even from above. What is even more amazing is that its construction began approximately in AD 72 under the emperor Vespasian, it was opened by Titus in 80 AD and completed by his brother Domitian in 82 AD, therefore the monument is nearly 2000 years old and yet the external perimeter is still standing after so many centuries! The Coliseum has been since used as a pattern and prototype to design amphitheatres either in the whole Roman Empire and all across the world until the present days and as an inspiration and setting for countless movies. In origin the building was designed to host gladiators’ fights, mock hunts, various games and sport competitions. On some occasions the central area was also used as a pool for naval battles. It was build on the area that used to house the fabulous gardens of the Domus Aurea (the Golden House), the legendary imperial residence of emperor Nero. Unlike the most recurring interpretation, the Coliseum doesn’t derives its name from its huge size, but rather from a colossal (gigantic) statue dedicated to the emperor Nero that used to face its main entrance. The structure of the amphitheatre is made of travertine marble, bricks and blocks of tufa. The outer layer of the building is divided into four storeys that add up to a total height of about 50 meters. The last level was crowned with a marble colonnade, whose fragments are still visible on the ground floor. he building, with an elliptical shape, is 188 metres long on the horizontal axis and 156 metres on the vertical one and the cavea could sit between 40.000 and 70.000 people.