known as the Flavian Amphitheater)
Collosseum was completed in LXXX
CE and was the largest arena in the Roman Empire.
is estimated that 500 000 people and 1 000 000 animals
died in the Collosseum during its history.
records show that during one particular festival, held
in CCXL CE, a staggering:
MM gladiators; LXX
lions; XL wild
horses; XXX elephants;
XXX leopards; XX
wild asses; XIX giraffes;
X elks; X
hyenas; X tigers;
I hippopotamus &
I rhinoceros were
battles were banned by a Christian emperor in CDVII
Morning - Animal fights
During Lunch - Executions of criminals
Afternoon = Gladiators & battle reenactments
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.
XXXIII doorways remain
and they are numbered XXIII
to LIV with I
- It is a myth that Christians were 'thrown to the loins'
here. There is no evidence and the Romans kept impecable
CE destroyed southern side of the building.