- Strangest Question to Hear at The Colosseum
- It Was A Place of Death
- History and Architecture of The Colosseum
- The Games
- A Heap of Ruins That Now Has A Green Thumb
- A Backdrop For Parades and Movies
- A Famous Tourist Attraction
- Beware of The Small Vendors Outside The Colosseum
‘What’s a gladiator?’ the lady asked her daughter as she sat to take a break. We watched stunned as the daughter replied that a gladiator may have been a warrior. She then read a display nearby and elaborated that a gladiator was a captured warrior in ancient Rome that was forced to fight to the death, with the faint hope of freedom. Okay. So a lot of people don’t know what a gladiator is. But those people aren’t travelling in Italy, or for that matter Rome. And hopefully, those people aren’t at the Colosseum, walking on the first level and taking a break sitting on one of those ancient stones that you’re really not allowed to sit on. But per chance you will be taking a tour of the Colosseumand don’t know what it’s all about, here’s a list of the interesting facts about the Colosseum you must know before visiting this testament to history.
Blood flowing down his spliced shoulder, the Thrax warrior reaches out with one last fell swoop of his sica to slice off of the arm of the Retaritus holding the hasta. Breathing shallow, he then lunges forward to push the Retaritus down with his shield. ‘Mitte! Let him go!’ some cried. ‘Iugula! Kill him!’ rang more strongly. A thumb goes down somewhere in the distance. And with one strong swing of the sica, the Retaritus’s head bobbed down to the floor and blood watered the sand as he joined his fallen brothers in the afterlife. The crowd cheers; and a victor is crowned. The Thracian will live to fight another day. Or he will succumb to his wounds and meet his fellow gladiators in the next world. Maybe it didn’t happen just that way. But one must know that the Colosseum is not just one of Rome’s many magnificent marvels of architectureand engineering. It is a silent reminder of the thirst for power and the shedding of so much blood, to the many lives lost for the entertainment of so...
The Colosseum was built by the Emperor Vespasian in 70 AD and took only 10 years to complete. Vespasian used booty from his 70 AD conquest of Jerusalem to build the Colosseum on the site of Nero’s artificial lake that had been filled in after his suicide in 68 AD, and called the Ampitheatrum Flavium after the Flavian Emperors ruling Rome at the time. The name Colosseum was inspired by the bronze statue of Nero standing nearby that was 103 feet tall and called the Colossus Neronis, that’s almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The remains of Nero’s house can be visited nearby. The Colosseum took only 10 years to build and was the largest amphitheater ever built. And as opposed to the other concurrent amphitheaters that were built into hills for support, the Colosseum was a self-supporting structure. Just think of the architectural genius. Add to that the sections for class wise segregation and detailed seating charts, it really was a marvel. Talking of marvels, the Vatican is a mar...
The Colosseum opened in AD with the Emperor Titus staging a sea fight there. That must have been a spectacle! The arena could be filled with upto a metre of water, before the Emperor Domitian built a basement to house the fighters, slaves and animals. It was opened by Emperor Titus with a celebration of 100 days of games. Most times the games went on for days and were free to the people. The cost of the games was borne by an ‘editor’ who was usually a magistrate, and most times for the city of Romeit was the Emperor. The editor paid for the shows, the gladiators, and the animals used. If you have only a day in Rome, try this local tour from Takewalks. The routine followed included hunting and punishment by exposure to animals in the mornings, other types of executions in the breaks, and gladiatorial games in the afternoon. On the night before that, the gladiators last wishes were fulfilled by a coena libera. Some of the imperial punishments involved the tunica molesta where the cond...
The Colosseum lay in ruins for centuries after the dawn of the 5th century. Talking about Roman ruins, my friend Christian has visited the UNESCO ruins at Tipasa in Algeria. Definitely worth adding to the bucket list! Anyways, the stones of the Colosseum were later used as building materials for Il Palazzo di Venezia, La Scala Santa, the tribune ofSan Giovanni di Laterano (Saint John’s Cathedral in Rome), Palazzo Farnese, San Marco (Basilica of Saint Mark), and more. The unusual micro-climate at the base of the Colosseum has led to growth of some rare plants in the ruins, with over 350 species having been identified (including the exotic plants). These plants are being studied since the 18thcentury. Also, there’s a tour of the underground, the last one being at 3 pm. We missed it by 15 minutes. But it shows you the dark side and the green thumb of the Colosseum.
Mussolini used the Colosseum to hold Fascist rallies in the 1930s. But on a different note, the Colosseum starred in the heartrendingly sad movie ‘Roman Holiday’ in 1953, where Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn fall in love only to part. Isn’t that how all good love stories end? Sniff sniff. Where’s the box of tissues? And then in 1972 Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris star in the action-packed comedy movie ‘Way of the Dragon’ or ‘Return of the Dragon. And guess where the final fight takes place? Ah, you’re smart. Yes, it was in the Colosseum. After that, Russell Crowe followed them and decided to die in the Colosseum fighting for the ‘vision that once was Rome’ in the movie ‘Gladiator’. He’s quite a dish, isn’t he? Only thing, he didn’t, die in the Colosseum that is. The fight scenes at the Colosseum were filmed at a reconstructed set in Malta. What are you waiting for? Book these amazing Get Your Guide Tours
After the Vatican City and the Pantheon, it is the most visited tourist attraction in Italy, drawing well over 6 million visitors a year. So whenever you visit, expect it to be really crowded. The lines are really long, but with the efficient staff they tend to move quickly. It only took us about 45 minutes of standing in a regular line to get in. It’s worth the wait. The Colosseum is a must on your itinerary for a trip to Rome. You have the option of buying your tickets in advance and skipping the lines. There are a few different combinations of tickets available as well, in combination with other attractions like the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and some museums. So we’ll leave it up to you to decide which grouping of tickets you prefer. If you are looking for some tours, these come well recommended. VIP Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Last minute priority entrance to the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill VIP Caesar’s Palace Tour with Colosseum &...
Once you exit the Colosseum, you hardly travel a few metres when you’re approached by Indian, Italian, African and Bangladeshi sellers with trinkets , souvenirs and sometimes food. But there’s another type of seller that you need to be careful about. These guys make a habit of selling bracelets and chains of copper or other metals to unsuspecting tourists. Okay, there’s nothing wrong with that. But in the middle of your conversation, they start telling you how happy they are today because they just got the news that their wife had a baby boy. They even go to the extent of showing you a picture of a newborn. And once you congratulate them and try to walk away, they ask for some gift for their new son. You look at them dumbfounded, and they tell you, even 20 dollars is okay. Seriously? We watched this happen with a couple of tourists before they tried it on us. There are quite a few of them too. So try not to fall for that trick. If you’d love to see the Colosseum at night, choose the...
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- The Colosseum is about the most impressive place you’ll step inside, and you can pretend you are in Gladiator. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the sheer magnitude of the Colosseum, and it was my first real “pinch me” moment after arriving in Rome.
- You can hang out with cats AND see an important ancient archeological site. So, I’m kind of a cat person. In fact there is no kinda about it, with three cats at home I adore them, and I’m always seeking out the local cat community when I travel.
- Drinking a Spritz whilst waiting for the sun to go down over the best preserved building of ancient Rome is totally possible. In case you weren’t aware, The Pantheon is the best preserved building of ancient Rome, and it stands proud and magnificently on the Piazza della Rotunda surrounded by restaurants, bars and hotels.
- Pretending to look out over ancient Rome like the Emperors used to will give you a feel for Roman life. Sometimes, Rome can feel overwhelming. It’s busy, it’s sprawling and in many ways a true assault on the senses.
May 07, 2014 · It was incredible to see The Colosseum up close, for years I've seen it in photos and pictures and all of a sudden I was there in person. It was a shame about the scaffolding, as it really did ruin the effect of the building, but it was still impressive and absolutely magnificent.
Pictures do not do the Colosseum justice. It is magnificent and left me not only speechless but also wondering how men 2,000 years ago accomplished creating such a tremendous piece of architecture. It truly makes one appreciate the history of the structure and the people who built it even more.
Roman art: when and where. Roman art is a very broad topic, spanning almost 1,000 years and three continents, from Europe into Africa and Asia. The first Roman art can be dated back to 509 B.C.E., with the legendary founding of the Roman Republic, and lasted until 330 C.E. (or much longer, if you include Byzantine art).
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Sep 04, 2019 · Introduction. The culture of ancient Rome existed throughout the almost 1200-year history of the civilization of Ancient Rome. The term refers to the culture of the Roman Republic, later the Roman Empire, which at its peak covered an area from Lowland Scotland and Morocco to the Euphrates.
The greatest circus venues of ancient times were the Circus Maximus, which showcased perilous chariot racing, and the Colosseum or Coliseum, a showcase for lethal gladiatorial combat. “The Roman circus was a round or oval structure with tiers of seats for spectators, enclosing a space in which the races, games, and gladiatorial combats took ...
R63, realize that we do not have first hand accounts from slaves in ancient Rome, only their owners. Even in Roman comedy, the lot of a slave is not rosy. While there may be exageration for comedy, the humor only worked if what was presented was recognizable.