Coloseum in Rome (Italy) - theatre
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Via dei Fori Impariali, Rome, Italy
Date of build
Years 72 - 80 e.e.
The construction of the Coliseum was a masterpiece. The building had an oval shape of two interconnected Greek theaters. Viewers had a good view of all places.
Romans used mobile scaffolding for construction. This enabled simultaneous work of slaves on all sections of the construction. They also used concrete mortar (which they invented), and the structure was reinforced with metal frames.
The arena had a wooden, sand-covered floor, it has a basement of seven meters. There were channels for water supply and drainage, cages for wild animals, a prison for gladiators, as well as machinery spaces and equipment needed for technical support for the stage.
Coliseum is enormous. Its height is 55 m, width 156 m, length 188 m, and the circumference is 527 m.
Giant sails formerly shielded the viewers sitting in the outer rows from the sun. The Colosseum housed 50,000 seats and 6,000 standing. Each of them had a numbered seat.
There were 80 entrances to the Coliseum, if necessary, the amphitheater could be left very quickly.
The façade of the three storeys rising to 48.5 m is in the following styles: Dorycki, Joński and Koryncki.
In the arena there were: gladiator fights, animal chewing, group fights, entire sea battles and public executions.
During the inauguration of the Coliseum, the games lasted 100 days, about 5,000 animals were killed.
Official website: http://www.coopculture.it/en/the-colosseum.cfm
" When the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall. "