My Adventures with Ancient Rome

So what is THE most recognised monument in Rome? The Colosseum most naturally- an iconic structure that immediately evokes images of Rome and the ‘Dolce Vita’ in our minds. But did you know that the actual name of the Colosseum is actually ‘The Flavian Amphitheatre’? Flavian for the dynasty to which the emperor Vespasian who commissioned the monument belonged. (The Colosseum is supposedly derived from an immense statue akin to the Colossus of Rhodes that an earlier emperor – Nero had commissioned at the same site).

The Colosseum was the largest Roman amphitheatre that was ever built. The Colosseum was capable of seating 50,000 spectators and was used for all kinds of public events- gladiatorial fights, animal fights, public executions  and the like. The Roman people did not have television and other means of entertainment- so the only other option were public spectacles. Emperors, generals, senators and every other public figure…

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