The Colosseum

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Do you enjoy watching sports? Love cheering on your favorite team or athlete? Well, gang – so did the Ancient Romans

Join us as we head back in time to visit one of the world’s most famous historical sites and sports arenas – the Colosseum. Let the games begin!

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy.

8 fun facts about the colosseum:

1) Emperor Vespasian built the Colosseum around 72 A.D and 80 A.D in the heart of ancient rome. People came to watch gladiators fights, gladiators fights with animals, and animal hunts until the 6th century.

2) Emperor Vespasian brought 20,000 Jewish slaves to Rome after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. The Emperors used the slaves to build the Roman Colosseum.

3) The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater (meaning ‘theatre in the round’) in the world! It has 80 entrances and seats for about 65,000 people who come to watch.

4) Free for all! The emperors and politicians organized and paid for by the Colosseum’s major events. They gave free tickers to the people. They sometimes got free food and wine too. Bonus! Emperors used this as a way to get popularity and support from the public.

5) The events were very brutalduring some games around 10,000 animals were killed in a single day.

6) To protect the audience from the hot sun and heat of Ancient Rome, there was the velarium – an sunshade that could be pulled over the top of the seating area to provide shade. Clever, eh?

7) Below the Colosseum were many rooms and underground passages. Here is where the animals and gladiators were kept, waiting to meet their fate in the arena above. There were also 36 trap doors in the arena for special effects!

8) Two-thirds of the colosseum was destroyed over time – the result of vandalism, earthquakes and fires. But still today it is a popular tourist site, attracting thousands of people every year!

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