Colosseum was a huge public entertainment center.
The Colosseum could seat 45,000
spectators. Some people were not lucky enough to have a seat in the
Colosseum. If you didn't mind standing, the Colosseum could hold up
to 70,000 spectators!
This is where the ancient Romans gathered to
watch bloody combat between gladiators, and battles between men and
wild animals. This is where they threw people to the lions! To see
men being killed was very entertaining to the ancient Romans. On
occasion, they flooded the Colosseum with water, to hold naval
battles. During the battles, many competitors died.
The ancient Romans were great
builders. They built things to last. The Colosseum was built of
concrete, faced with stone, as were most amphitheaters. It was built
in the early days of the Roman Empire, around 70 CE. It was designed
to host huge spectacles. Anyone could attend the events in the
Colosseum. Admission was free.
Colosseum (kids, British Museum)
unearthed near Rome (2009)