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The Colosseum. & Other Sports Arenas. The Design. Largest amphitheater in the Roman World Perimeter = 545 m. across Built out of travertine with iron clamps to hold the blocks . Who Built It. Begun in AD 70, finished by AD 80 Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater

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The colosseum

The Colosseum

&

Other Sports Arenas


The design
The Design

  • Largest amphitheater in the Roman World

  • Perimeter = 545 m. across

  • Built out of travertine with iron clamps to hold the blocks


Who built it
Who Built It

  • Begun in AD 70, finished by AD 80

  • Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater

  • Begun by emperor Vespasian, finished by his son, Titus


Daily shows
Daily Shows

  • Morning – Wild Animal Hunts also known as Venationes

  • Midday – Public Executions

  • Afternoon –Gladiatorial Contests


Who watched the shows
Who watched the shows

  • Women were not encouraged to attend, but Romans would sometimes take their children to the fights so they could learn good moral behavior (how to die like a Roman)

  • Upper class did not usually attend public executions



Model
model

Posts for awnings



Interior1
Interior

Underground

channels



The seating
The Seating

  • Multiple Entrances and exits allowed for quick seating of 50,000

  • Emperor and Vestals on first level

  • Senators also sat on first level, but had to bring their own chairs






Colosseum
Colosseum

Poor, slaves, and women


Banned groups
Banned Groups

  • Gravediggers, actors and those who had fought previously as gladiators were banned from watching the fights



Piazza navona circus of domitian
Piazza NavonaCircus of Domitian






Circus maximus
Circus Maximus