What Was The Colosseum Used for?

The Colosseum is by far the most recognisable landmark in all of Italy. The ruins of a once thriving stadium tower over you as you stroll through the ochre walls. This brilliant landmark illustrates the once flourishing ancient Roman Empire. It is renowned for its violent historic past, hosting a large variety of ancient Roman entertainment.

  • The History of the Colosseum

    The massive stone amphitheatre was commissioned in 72.A.D. by the Empire Titus Flavius Vespasianus, as a gift to the Roman People. Officially named as the Flavian Amphitheatre-but was later known as the Colosseum, named after a nearby statue called the Colossus of Nero. His statue was later pulled down, but the base can still be found.

  • Events at the Colosseum

    The first ever game to be held in the Colosseum was in 80 A.D. and was running for 100 days straight. The games continued to run until the until the 6th century.

  • The Opening Parade

    The opening parade was the first event held at the Colosseum to begin the games. This involved music, costumes, and carriages of the fighters and important people of Rome. Sacrifices were also included, to honour their religious beliefs and to wish contestants luck in their fights.

  • Animal Hunts

    Exotic, wild animals were taken to the Colosseum for hunting and fighting. A display of the animals was also the first event, describing these unusually beats to the crowd, to create excitement. Hunting would follow, with animal hunters using swords and arrows to kill the creatures, with even Emperors joining in. Animal fights are done after, involving gladiators fighting these animals one on one, usually involving tigers and leopards in this event.

  • Chariot racing

    A popular sport that involved multiple horses drawing a carriage fit for one standing driver. A fierce race ensured around the grounds, with different coloured chariots displaying team colours. The race was notoriously fierce, and dangerous for both the drivers and horses. With a large number of injuries and death involved.

  • Executions and Tortures

    An execution was a common event at the Colosseum, with a variety of different types. The type of killing was determined by the victim’s crimes, as they were all criminals, such as deserters, traitors, Christians, or runaway slaves. Roman criminals were beheaded for their crimes, as it was the only allowed way to kill a Roman citizen. Salves usually were crucified, sometimes even burnt alive once nailed up. One of the most ‘entertaining’ killings was to be thrown to the beasts, which was started by Emperor Augustus.

  • Gladiator fights

    The famous Gladiators of Rome was the last event during the games and involved different stages of fights. Lightly armed, the heavily armed and the gladiator style fights. The event was a brutal display of violence, with dead bodies dragged to the side once they were brutally maimed.

Step back in time as you visit this historic monument. Learning more about the fascinating details and violence that went on at this ancient landmark.

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