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The colosseum amphitheatrum flavium

The Colosseum(AmphitheatrumFlavium)

By Chad Yip


  • Rome

  • Located in the region IV: TemplumPacis (Temple of Peace)

Origins of the colosseum
Origins of the

  • Built:70-80 AD

  • Built by Vespasian, but completed under his son Titus.

  • Funded by the spoils taken from the Jewish Temple after the Siege of Jerusalem.

  • Colosseum was to be the showpiece of the new Flavian dynasty of Vespasian and his sons.

  • Site was chosen because it was a flat area between the Caelian, Esquiline, and Palatine Hills.


  • The Colosseum can be interpreted as a great triumphal monument in the tradition of celebrating victories. (over Great Jewish Revolt in 70 AD)

  • Pleased the Roman people instead of returning soldiers.

  • Constructed in the heart of Rome at the city centre, unlike many other amphitheatres.

  • Over 9,000 wild animals were killed in the inaugural games.

Uses of the colosseum
Uses of the

  • Used to host gladiatorial shows as well as a variety of other events.

  • Shows (munera): given by private individuals

    • Demonstration of power and prestige

    • Immensely popular

  • Animal Hunts (venatio):

    • Hunting wild beasts imported from Africa and the Middle East

  • Recreations of Nature scenes (sylvae):

    • Nature scenes such as forests were replicated with real animals and plants.

    • Used to display natural environment for urban population, or as a backdrop for hunts and dramas.


  • In 217 AD the Colosseum was damaged in a major fire which destroyed its upper levels.

  • Was not fully repaired until 240 AD, and continued to suffer damage from other natural disasters such as earthquakes.

  • Used throughout the centuries despite its age.

The colosseum today
The Today

The colosseum in ancient times
The in Ancient Times