Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Italy Blog #81: Pompeii - Part 2: Amphitheater

In part 2 of the Pompeii, Italy blog we'll walk you through the impressive amphitheater. Keep in mind
Oldest Amphitheater in the world
that this ancient city was thriving in 79 A.D. or C.E. (common era) when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The entrance (1 of 7) to the city that we came through, led directly to the outdoor amphitheater that seated between 12,000 and 20,000 people (depends on what source you read). 20,000 was the estimated population of the entire city at that time. 

WORD MEANING - The word "Amphitheater" means "double theater" or "circular theater": it is an elliptical structure situated in a depression in the ground and backing onto embankments.

A DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTION - Unlike the Colosseum in Rome, it didn't have underground chambers where animals were kept or gladiators trained. In addition, this theatre  was equipped with a "velarium," or cover that stretched over the complex in case of rain! In fact if you visit, you can still see some of the rings to which the canopy was fixed.

SECTIONS FOR CLASSES - Like the Colosseum in Rome, the seating was reserved for people of different classes. The seats in the lower central area were reserved for dignitaries, while those high up were for the common folks.

160 YEARS OLD BEFORE VESUVIUS -  The period of its construction dates back to 80 B.C., and since Vesuvius buried it in 79 A.D. it was in operation almost 160 years!

THE GAMES - Of course, there were animals, a "circus" and gladiator games.  (Of course, it's another excuse to publish a photo of a gladiator.).

A larger view of the Amphitheater
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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next