So I am sitting here watching the National Anthem being sung beautifully by a bunch of children at the beginning of Monday Night Football. As they finish the song the camera pans back to show the entire Stadium and the crowd lets out a roar, for some reason it reminded me of what it must have been like at the Roman Colosseum when it was active. Well like everything else, I had to Google it.
“The Colosseum or Coliseum (/kɒləˈsiːəm/ kol-ə-see-əm), also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio [amfiteˈaːtro ˈflaːvjo] or Colosseo [kolosˈsɛːo]), is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus.Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96).These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).
The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators,having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles (for only a short time as the hypogeum was soon filled in with mechanisms to support the other activities), animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine”.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Roman Colosseum was the largest which means there were others. They were active nearly 2000 years ago and besides the arts, what happened at these stadiums with their Gladiators and lion killing now seems so barbaric. I was wondering if in the future 2000 years from now when humans are only eyeballs and brains, (because computers and robots do all the work), if what happened in our Stadiums will seem just as barbaric? I mean, ” I heard what they did there was run into each other carrying the skin of a dead animal with one group trying to stop the other”……..your guess is as good as mine..;)
Fun Fact – The Higher part of the Roman Colosseum was referred to as Mount Davious….;)