Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Built in 80 CE to host gladiatorial combats and other entertainment, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world. Although much damaged and plundered over the centuries, it remains an imposing presence in the heart of Rome.

Holly Hayes

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248524
Names
Anfiteatro Flavio
Colosseo
Colosseum
Categories
archaeological site
arenas
amphitheatre
open-air theaters
sports building
Styles
Roman
Mediterranean
Materials
travertine
sinter

Visitor & Contact Information

Address
Rome, IT
Coordinates
41.8901690° N, 12.4922690° E
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Timeline

70 CE

Construction of the Colosseum

80 CE

Completion of the Colosseum

Comments (1)

desiree struckman commented on September 23, 2013:

“i loved it alot i hope to go back there sometime.”

Bibliography

  1. Claridge, Amanda. Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press, USA, 2010, pp. 313-19.
  2. Beard, Mary and Keith Hopkins. The Colosseum. Harvard University Press, 2011.
  3. Mann, Elizabeth and Michael Racz (illustrator). The Roman Colosseum: The story of the world's most famous stadium and its deadly games . Mikaya Press, 2006.
  4. Pearson, John. Arena: the story of the Colosseum. McGraw-Hill, 1973.
  5. Welch, Katherine E.. The Roman Amphitheatre: From its Origins to the Colosseum. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  6. Connolly, Peter. Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death. BBC Books, 2003.
  7. Gabucci, Ada (ed.). The Colosseum. Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.