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  • Glenda

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    July 3, 2024 at 3:43 pm
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    My favorite historical place in Italy is the Colosseum in Rome. I find it intriguing for several reasons:

    The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an iconic symbol of Rome and one of the most recognizable monuments from antiquity. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and was completed in 80 AD under his successor Titus. It could hold between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, executions, reenactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

    What fascinates me most is the sheer scale and engineering prowess required to build such a massive structure almost 2,000 years ago. The Colosseum measures 620 by 188 feet and reaches a height of 157 feet. It was constructed primarily of concrete and stone. The hypogeum, a series of underground tunnels and chambers, was used to house the gladiators, animals and stage equipment before their performances.

    The Colosseum also represents the brutality and violence of ancient Roman entertainment. Gladiatorial fights to the death were a popular pastime, as were executions of Christians and other prisoners. The sheer number of animals killed for sport is staggering – over 9,000 in 100 days during the inaugural games of the Colosseum alone.

    Despite its bloody history, the Colosseum remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, drawing millions of visitors each year. Seeing it in person is a humbling experience that connects you to the grandeur and cruelty of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum is a testament to the architectural genius and violent excesses of one of history’s most powerful civilizations.

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