Colosseum

By:Emily Dattoma

Introduction

There are many famous monuments of the ancient world, but none other will shock people just like the Colosseum in Rome. From a physical standpoint, it is an huge stone structure that is crazy just to stand next to.

This arena represents the wealth and power of the Roman Empire. And it also serves as an example of the brutality and violence in which the Roman people thrived.The Colosseum used to be known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum was originally built by Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty. Vaspasian began building the Colosseum in the year of 72 C.E., it was completed eight years later by his eldest son, Titus.

Physical characteristics

Made of four different levels, it stands 48.5m high. The amphitheatre is built in an elliptical shape measuring 188m in length and 156m wide. It was built to hold fifty thousand Roman spectators. Underneath the sand covered wooden floor was cages, chambers and passageways where the animals were kept. Occasionally, the floor would be removed and these chambers would be quickly flooded for mock naval battles and amphibious gladiator fights, called naumachia. The Colosseum was prepared to entertain crowds with a large variety of different spectacles to see.