Flavian Amphitheater Finished

By Sam McCarthy

80 AD Rome, Italy - Titus will be opening the Flavian Amphitheater, or as many call it the Colosseum.  The Colosseum will be the largest amphitheater in Rome to date.  It has taken 8 years to make it.  

The Colosseum's height is 157 feet tall. It is also 189 meters long and 156 meters in width.  The building is made out of 100,000 cubic meters of travertine stone.  The stone should make it last longer.

Vespasian, The king of the Flavian dynasty, had worked on the amphitheater up until he died.  His son Titus and Vespasian's successor Domitian continued his work and finished it two days ago.  Titus explains, "I think the new Flavian Amphitheater will provide great entertainment for the great citizens of Rome.  I am very proud I could continue my father's tradition and finish this beautiful amphitheater."

Entry to the arena is free but citizens will be seated by there place in society.  Women and slaves have to sit at the upper deck of the theater. The wealthier people get the better seats in the stadium.   

To open it up with a bang tier will be 100 days of games.  Domitian said, " The 100 days of games will be a worthy tribute. "  Also a little boy remarked,"I'm very excited for the new Flavian amphitheater because I don't have to pay to get in and it should provide wild entertainment."  These games include wild beast fights, gladiator fights, and naval battles.  After the 100 days of games they will start doing public executions.


Atiluis defeats Beast

Atiluis, a prisoner earned his freedom today by beating a beast they call Caelius.  

He showed great bravery in the battle when the beast had him pinned to the ground and escaped from the muscular beast.   After the game Atiluis told reporters," It was the single scariest moment of my life. I thought he was going to slash me open."

Atiluis was the first person to defeat this famous beast.  The king decided to let him free from prison.  The king said," If you are able to beat a monster of that strength  you showed be freed."

This was not the first fight he had been a part of but it was the biggest.  The oddsmakers gave  him a 41 to 1 chance to win.

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