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The Coliseum is Rome’s most famous and perhaps most impressive structure. This enormous Roman amphitheatre, commissioned by Emperor Vespanian, was built from concrete, peat and brick and accommodated more than 50,000 spectators. An army of slaves from the Jewish-Roman War took a total of 8 years, from 72 to 80 A.D. to build the 50-metre-high ‘il Colosseo’.
Inside the beautiful arched curves of the Coliseum gladiators fought each other or with wild animals; spectators would also watch chariot races, boxing matches and archery contests. Theatre performances were often quite bloody as convicted criminals were cast in the role of victims; they would actually be killed on stage during the performance. Cruel or not, the Roman people would stand up and applaud this kind of theatre performance.