[2014] Eden Sherrod: Colosseum

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[2014] Eden Sherrod: Colosseum

The ColosseumBy Eden Sherrod

Emperor Vespasian

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In Ancient Times


The Colosseum was started by Emperor Vespasian, then finshed by his son Titus in 80 A.D. Originally the Colosseum was called The Flavuis Amphitheater because Emperor Vespasian and his son were of the Flavia family. The exterior walls of the Colosseum were four stories high, and the first three stories were adorned with half-columns illustrating the three classic architechtural styles, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Looking down at the interior of the Colosseum from the top story gives some sense of its size; it is estimated that the seating capacity is 50,000. Because the floor of the Colosseum has not survived, we can see the maze of underground structures, corridors, ramps, animal pens, and rooms for prisoners. They were kept in this underground place until needed and then they would "magically" appear when trapdoors into the arena were opened. In this theater Gladiator fights were held, Gladiators would be sent to the arena to fight to the death before cheering crowds of thousands. As the contests became more organized, gladiators became more specialized. There were five types of gladiator, each with their own unique weapon.



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