|Rob and Tom inside the Colosseum|
History.com for the info below, which we heard during the tour (but needed a refresher).
|Outside the Colosseum|
|Closeup of an arched entryway|
|Inside the Colosseum|
(Of course, the gladiators likely were in great shape so no wonder everyone wanted to see them!)
UNDER THE FLOOR - There was actually a floor in the center of the structure and underneath it were a maze of rooms. Some of the rooms held the animals gladiators would fight. Other rooms held criminals, and other rooms were for the gladiators.
WHEN DID IT BECOME OBSOLETE? -The Colosseum had four centuries of active use, until the struggles of the Western Roman Empire and the gradual change in public tastes put an end to gladiatorial combats and other large public entertainments by the 6th century A.D., specifically 523 A.D. under Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, when it was last used for animal hunts (according to the book "Rome" by R.A. Staccioli- which we bought!)
PILLAGED AFTER ABANDONED -It was used as a quarry for numerous building projects, including the cathedrals of St. Peter and St. John Lateran, the Palazzo Venezia and defense fortifications along the Tiber River.
|An ancient pulley system|
|another hot gladiator|
UNIQUE PULLEY SYSTEMS - One of the things we were taken by, after getting past the size, architecture and creation of the structure was the pulley system the ancient Romans created to lift animals, gates, stones, etc.
BRICK FACT - Did you know that ancient Roman bricks were triangular? They also included a logo and the name of the Emperor at the time the brick was made. That helped date the brick.
NEXT: CONSTANTINE'S ARCH and APOLLO
2 MINUTE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Yk9Pt2LwWlQ (from Rome Colosseum, the virtual tour of the Flavian Amphitheater - Part 1 | Roman Holiday Accommodation)