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Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheater
Interior of the Colosseum, the ancient amphitheater from the beginning of modern time calculation in the center of the city of Rome. Image: Stefan Bauer

About the Colosseum

The Colosseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheater, was built and modified in the time of the Flavian dynasty ( Vespasian and his two sons Titus and Domitian) which ruled the Roman Empire between AD 69 and AD 96. The amphitheater is located a few steps from the former center of ancient Rome, the Roman Forum, which was for centuries the core of Roman public life.

The construction of the amphitheater began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, it was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus. The Colosseum had an estimated capacity for between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. it was used for the bloody display of gladiatorial contests, animal hunts (venatio), which involved the hunting and slaying of wild animals, - most of the animals were imported from Africa -, and other public spectacles, it could even be flooded to re-create naval battles.
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