Essay about The Roman Colosseum

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The Roman Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is perhaps the most famous ancient landmark in the world. The Colosseum was the host to thousands of gladiatorial shows, mock naval battles, executions, and animal hunts. Today, the Colosseum still stands in the center of Rome, Italy, however, not quite as it used to be. Still, today, the Roman Colosseum is a large tourist attraction, thousands of tourists from all over the world still come to view this marveled arena. The Roman Colosseum has a rich history, and remains a prized possession of the Roman citizens. Construction of the Colosseum was initiated by Roman emperor Vespasian, around 70 AD. Vespasian named the Colosseum after the colossus of Nero, a large …show more content…
The floor of the arena was made of concrete, and was covered with sand during games. Sometimes the sand was dyed red to resemble blood. During sunny days, a gigantic awning would be suspended to give shade to the spectators. Games were not financed by the state, but a public sponsor, in order to gain popularity and nobility. Games did not take place very often, only several times a year. During Roman festivals, games took place throughout the day for several days. Of all games performed at the Colosseum, gladiatorial combats were the most famous. Most gladiators were slaves, criminals, or prisoners of war. Prisoners were trained at special gladiatorial schools. The Ludus Magnus was the largest school, connected to the Colosseum by an underground tunnel. There were many different kinds of gladiators, classified by the outfit and weapons used. A gladiator could become a free man if by gaining respect and surviving all his battles. He would then have the option to remain a gladiator and fight for money, if he wished. Publius Ostorius, a famous gladiator who lived in Pompeii, survived all 51 of his gladiatorial battles. Some women even volunteered to fight as gladiators. However, they were banned from fighting by Emperor Severus in 200 AD. Over time, the Colosseum has suffered several natural disasters. Many earthquakes and fires have caused parts of the Colosseum to collapse. One earthquake, in 508 AD, caused the arena of the

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