Colosseum Still Stands

The Colosseum that has taken many hardships is shown, still standing.

By Reese Austin

ROME, ITALY- The Colosseum was able to withstand through deadly fires, punishing wars, massive earthquakes, and huge crowds of 50,000 people rushing through.  And after 1,935 years, it survives.  

     Between 70 and 72 AD, construction for the Colosseum began under Emperor Vespasian.  He wanted to cheer up and entertain the depressed Romans.  After Vespasian died, he passed along the Colosseum responsibilities to his successor, and this process continued until 80 AD when it was completed under emperor Titus.

     The Colosseum was used to host violent gladiator games where thousands of men, women, and animals fought for their lives.  This was punishment for those who broke the laws.

     50,000 people could be seated, and it was able to hold up such an enormous weight without falling.  A local elderly man named Francisco exclaims, "The Colosseum really is a magical place.  Throughout all of my years I have watched it age and begin to crumble but  yes, it still stands!"  

     Roman architecture excelled above all others due to the inventions of concrete, barrel vaults, walkways, and stairwells, which were all used in the construction of the Colosseum.  A younger student who researched the making of the Colosseum explains, "The Romans invention of concrete was so important to the Colosseum's architecture.  This incredible landmark wouldn't be here without it."  

     Much of the Roman architecture was developed from Greece, so the two techniques turn out to be very similar.  Another thanks can go to the Etruscans, the Romans ancestors, who were also responsible for providing the Romans with knowledge.  

                                                                       Roman Sports

     ROME, ITALY- Roman sports were highly influenced by Greeks, but there was one difference.  And that was that the Roman's sports involved a large amount of violence.  

     It all started in approximately 70 AD during the Colosseum's construction when wealthier Romans began to build places for exercise called a gymnasium, influenced by the Greeks.  In fact a wealthy man named Nero was the first to build a public gymnasium. Within these gymnasiums, sports such as running, wrestling, boxing, and the Pentathlon took place.  In order for these sports to take place, Romans were forced to use their resources that were available.  For example, boxing gloves were made of raw ox-hide cut into thin pieces.  

     Many of these sports were very violent, and death occurred frequently.


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