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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

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Interior

Underground

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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