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The Colosseum

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Jackie Gagie

on 18 August 2013

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The Colosseum
Over the Years
The Colosseum has seen many different uses since it's construction so many years ago...

It has been used for:
Over time...
The Colosseum saw roughly 400 years of active use before war in the Western Roman Empire and changes in public opinion put an end to fights for entertainment
by Jackie Gagie
What is it?
The Colosseum is made up of four floors resting on a base of two steps
the bottom three floors are made up of arcades with a total of around 80 arches
the top floor simply has small rectangular windows instead of arches
The Colosseum is an amphitheater with an elliptical shape measuring 188 meters long by 156 meters wide
The Colosseum was commissioned around 70 AD by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian Dynasty as a gift to the Roman people
The Beginning
Grand Opening
After about 8 years of construction, the Colosseum was finally opened in 80 AD by Vespasian's son Titus
It is officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater and could hold over 50,000 spectators
The Celebration
To celebrate the opening of the Flavian Amphitheater, Titus called for 100 continuous days of games
fights between gladiators and animals, or between gladiators, or between groups of gladiators
Gladiator fights
Many public executions took place in the Colosseum
Victims were killed in some way inspired by mythology
some were eaten by beasts
some were burned
Mock Battles
Many mock battles were staged at the Colosseum
This includes naval battles
Large conduits were engineered to fill the floor of the Colosseum with water
Some scholars believe that after Rome was Christianized the gladiatorial fights ceased and dramas and plays were performed in the Colosseum instead
In the centuries after it was abandoned, the Colosseum was even used as a quarry for other building projects. That fact, along with natural occurrences like wind, rain, and time, caused the Colosseum to assume it's look of disrepair
Websites used:



Picture Sources:
slide 1: http://www.the-colosseum.net/architecture/descriptio_en.htm
slide 2: http://www.destination360.com/europe/italy/rome/colosseum
slide 3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vespasianus01_pushkin_edit.png
slide4: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Titus_of_Rome.jpg
slide 5: http://www.murphsplace.com/gladiator/glads.html
slide 6: http://powertripberkeley.com/ancient-roman-colosseum-fights-gladiators-return-to-the-colosseum-in-rome-luxique-luxury-travel/
and http://pearlsofprofundity.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/non-geographical-places-in-history/
slide 7: https://www2.bc.edu/~bakertu/honors2.html
slide 8: http://factsanddetails.com/world.php?itemid=2060&catid=56
slide 9: http://depts.washington.edu/hrome/Authors/jimkuo2/IlColosseo/253/254/naumachia.jpg/pub_image_view.html
slide 10: http://www.limotoursrome.com/3-hours-rome-private-tours/
slide 11: http://www.usu.edu/markdamen/1320Hist&Civ/chapters/08ROMFAL.htm
slide 12: http://www.worldfortravel.com/2012/06/02/the-colosseum-the-largest-ever-built-by-roman-empire/historical-the-colosseum/
slide 13: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/7768338/Tourists-to-visit-Colosseum-underground.html
Even Now...
The Colosseum will always be a historic monument of Ancient Rome
No matter it's appearance, tourists flock to the see it every day
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