The Colosseum – Iconic Symbol of ROME

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The Colosseum has been regarded as an iconic symbol of Rome since the Middle Ages, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater or simply Amphitheatrum, is the world’s biggest Roman amphitheater and is located in the heart of Rome.

The significance of this Amphitheater was reflected in Bede’s writing when he wrote in 7th century AD:

“As long as the Colosseum stands, Rome shall stand; when the Colosseum falls, Rome shall fall; and when Rome falls, the world will end.” 

About the Colosseum

Surviving several earthquakes, plant overgrowth after the fall of the Empire, modern day pollution and traffic vibrations, the Colosseum still stands mighty- a must see for any visit to Rome.

The Colosseum is a massive structure, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire and in the world today.  Being able to seat close to 50,000 spectators, it was the premier venue for wild beast shows and bloody gladiator combat. During the inauguration games (that lasted 100 days and nights) about 5000 wild animals were slaughtered. Rhinos, crocodiles, bears, elephants, lions, tigers and giraffes were victims of the animal hunt shows that took place in the Amphitheater.

When you visit the inside of the amphitheater, you can see the underground chambers and passageways that were originally covered by a wooden floor. These passageways were used to transport animals and gladiators to the arena.  You will need to use your imagination to picture the  floor covered in sand to prevent slipping and to soak up the spilled blood.

Admission to the Colosseum was free, but seating was according to social rank.  Of course, the Emperor got the best seat in the house, with a special podium on the north end of the theater.  The lowest tier was reserved for the senators and above them were the nobles and knights.  The top tier was for ordinary citizens, with the poor citizens sitting higher up.  Women and slaves were relegated to the very top of the amphitheater.

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