(also known as the Flavian Amphitheater)
The Colosseum was completed in LXXX CE and was the largest arena in the Roman Empire.
It is estimated that 500 000 people and 1 000 000 animals died in the Colosseum during its history.
Roman records show that during one particular festival, held in CCXL CE, a staggering: MM gladiators; LXX lions; XL wild horses; XXXelephants; XXX leopards; XX wild asses; XIX giraffes; X elks; X hyenas; X tigers; I hippopotamus & I rhinoceros were killed.
Gladiatorial battles were banned by a Christian emperor in CDVII CE
Timetable of Games:
Morning – Animal fights
During Lunch – Executions of criminals
Afternoon = Gladiators & battle reenactments
The audience entered through LXXX arches which were numbered I to LXXVI – there were IV unnumbered entrances. Each spectator had a ticket bearing I of these numbers and entered through the corresponding arch. It is said the entire audience could enter and be seated within X minutes.
Only XXXIII doorways remain and they are numbered XXIII to LIV with I unnumbered entrance.
NB – It is a myth that Christians were ‘thrown to the loins’ here. There is no evidence and the Romans kept impeccable records.
An earthquake DCCCXLVII CE destroyed southern side of the building.
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