The Colosseum

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The Colosseum

Post  TamaraG on Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:12 am


Construction of the Colosseum began under the rule of the Emperor Vespasian in around 70–72 AD, funded by the spoils taken from the Jewish Temple after the Siege of Jerusalem. The site chosen was a flat area on the floor of a low valley between the Caelian, Esquiline and Palatine Hills, through which a canalised stream ran. By the 2nd century BC the area was densely inhabited. It was devastated by the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64, following which Nero seized much of the area to add to his personal domain. He built the grandiose Domus Aurea on the site, in front of which he created an artificial lake surrounded by pavilions, gardens and porticoes. The existing Aqua Claudia aqueduct was extended to supply water to the area and the gigantic bronze Colossus of Nero was set up nearby at the entrance to the Domus Aurea.

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Post  Omeara on Tue May 05, 2015 9:21 am

Very good topic Tamara. The colosseum was a very important building in the Roman history because it was very well engineered and they used to to put gladiators to fight. I went to the colosseum in 2010 and it is very interesting to think how they built it during that time.

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