Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Colosseum and Constantine's Arch, Rome


The Colosseum

A gigantic oval, 320,000 sq ft. It was officially inaugurated by Titus, in 80 CE 
with a spectacle whose scale and brutality set the scene for what was to follow:
some 5,000 wild animals, kept in underground cages, were killed in the opening 
days, and another 4,000 over the next three months.  The Empire's best-known 
gladiators fought here, and the entire central arena could be flooded for 
staging mock sea battles.


 

The Arch of Constantine

This triumphal arch was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's
victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312.



 Roman Baths Ruins
It was an amazing experience to see the ancient Colosseum and other ruins!

3 comments:

  1. Seeing old buildings so beautiful still after such a long time and in ruins - that's something.

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  2. Impressive pictures! I already got your card! Thank you so much!

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  3. All the historical facts are indeed fascinating and the colosseum's horrific display and treatment of our wild things, well, I just can't imagine! Just so interesting! I never knew the roman stories, but I like the movie Gladiator.
    You guys covered a lot of land and sites. Wow.

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