The Colosseum

The Colosseum
The content of this website provides comprehensive details of the Roman Colosseum including facts and information about the building and design of the famous arena, the history of the Colosseum, additional pictures of the Colosseum and the lives and the clothing of the Romans who visited the Colosseum - the Emperors, Senators, Soldiers, Citizens, Slaves, the Women, the Vestal Virgins and of course the Gladiators.


Interesting facts and information about the Colosseum of Ancient Rome. Find out the facts and answers to questions like:

  • When was the Colosseum built? What year was it built in?
  • Where is the amphitheatre located?
  • Who built the amphitheatre?
  • Why was it built?
  • How was the Colosseum built?
  • What was it used for?
  • What kind of events took place inside the Roman Colosseum?
  • How did they get the water inside the Roman Colosseum?
  • How did it become so popular and how events reflect culture?
  • Where does an emperor sit in the Roman Colosseum?

Answers to these questions, fast facts, fascinating history and information are included in the section of the website

The Roman Colosseum
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Roman Colosseum Facts and Information

Facts about the Roman Colosseum
History of the Colosseum
Purpose of the Roman Colosseum

Roman Executions at the Colosseum
Colosseum Entrances and Exits
Spoliarium
Seating at the Colosseum
Beneath the Colosseum
Hypogeum
Building the Colosseum
Visiting the Roman Colosseum
Tourist Guide to the Roman Colosseum
Tickets to the Colosseum (Tessara)
Sacrifices at the Roman Colosseum

Colosseum Arena
Gladiators at the Colosseum

Dimensions of the Roman Colosseum
Colosseum Water and Sewer System

Colosseum Faq's
Colosseum Glossary of Terms
Design of the Colosseum
Wild Animals at the Colosseum
Tunnels under the Colosseum
Awning at the Colosseum
Decline of the Colosseum
Water Battles at the Colosseum
Colosseum & Christian Martyrs
Emperors and the Colosseum
Processions at the Colosseum
Events at the Colosseum
Circus Maximus

Roman Colosseum Facts and Information

The History of the Colosseum
The History of Colosseum includes the First Gladiatorial Fight in Rome, the Rise of the Gladiator Games, the Origin and Concept of the Colosseum, Vespasian and the Flavian Amphitheatre (the Colosseum), History of the Colosseum and the Roman Emperors and the story of Telemachus and the end of the Gladiatorial Games. This history of the Roman Colosseum started hundreds of years before it was actually built when the tastes of Roman citizens craved the excitement and blood lust of the gladiatorial games. Their taste for blood and this form of entertainment dates back to 264AD when the first recorded Roman gladiatorial combats took place in Rome. The Roman Colosseum was opened in 80AD and was originally the called the Flavian Amphitheatre. The idea of this great arena was that of the Roman Emperor Vespasian and the construction started in c70AD and was financed from the proceeds gained from the Roman sacking of Jerusalem. The history of the arena continues through the reigns of various emperors, the emergence of the Christian religion, the horror stories regarding the deaths of Christian martyrs in the Colosseum, the Gladiator fights and the killing of thousands of exotic wild animals in Ancient Rome. The madness of the mob and craving for this type of entertainment finally ended in the 6th century. Interesting facts and history about the Colosseum of Ancient Rome.

Visiting the Colosseum - Tourist guide
These articles provide helpful information about visiting the Colosseum in Room - map of Italy, location, opening times, telephone numbers and public transport systems. The Tourist Guide is a personal view of what to look at when you visit the Roman Colosseum. The significance of different aspects of the buildings and the answers to questions like "Where did the Emperor sit?" and "What went on underneath the Colosseum?". 

Dimensions of the Colosseum
Fast facts and information about the dimensions of the Colosseum. What area did it cover. How high was it, how long and how wide? Dimensions of the Different levels of the Colosseum. What were the dimensions of the Ionic, Doric and Corinthian arches. What were the dimensions of the actual arena? Facts and information in this section provide the answers to these questions about the dimensions of the Colosseum.

Purpose of the Roman Colosseum
This section contains facts and information about the purpose of the Roman Colosseum. There are many reasons why the great amphitheatre was built and these are detailed in this article together with facts and information about its concept. The concept of the Flavian Amphitheatre, as it was first called, grew from the custom of wealthy Romans holding funeral games to honor the dead. Ancient Romans believed that human sacrifice at the dead person's funeral would appease the pagan gods and ensure a satisfactory entrance into the afterlife. The funeral games were organised and paid for by wealthy Roman aristocrats and Patricians as public events which led to popularity of the Gladiator games in the infamous arena.

Facts about the Colosseum
The history, fast facts and information about the famous arena of death. Gain a fast overview by checking out 30 fast facts about Colosseum.

Colosseum FAQ's
The history, fast facts and information about the Colosseum. Gain a fast overview by checking out 30 fast facts about Colosseum. The content of this article provides interesting history, facts, information and answers to the most Faq's about the Roman amphitheatre. Answers to the following questions are included in this section. When was the Colosseum built? What year was it built in? Where is it located? Who built the amphitheatre? Why was it built? How was the Colosseum built? What was it used for? What kind of events took place inside the arena? How did they get the water inside the Roman arena? How did it become so popular and how events reflect culture? Where does an emperor sit in the Roman amphitheatre?

Information and Facts about the Colosseum
Interesting facts and information on the Roman Colosseum arena of Ancient Rome. Why was this arena in Ancient Rome called the Colosseum? The Roman Colosseum was originally called the the Flavian Amphitheatre but was given the name Colosseum. The name Colosseum was taken from the Latin word 'colosseus' meaning colossal referring to a gigantic statue of the Emperor Nero, measuring 100 to 120 Roman feet (37m) high, which had once occupied the location of the Roman Colosseum in Ancient Rome.

 
The Colosseum

  • Life in Ancient Rome - Gladiators and Spectators
  • Facts, information and history about the Flavian Amphitheatre
  • Life in Ancient Rome and the people who visited the games at the famous amphitheatre
  • Roman Emperors - who attended the games and where did they sit?
  • Facts and Information about the Architecture, design, building and construction

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