Archaeological and Historical Sites
Having been a student of archaeology and a lover of all things classical since childhood, I've always felt that there is no better way to understand and connect with a place than by diving into its history, physically as well as figuratively.

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Imagining an Event at the Roman Colosseum

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About 70 C.E., the Colosseum was commissioned by the emperor as a gift to the people of Rome. This huge amphitheater, which held about 50,000 spectators, opened in 80 C.E. with 100 days of events such as combat among gladiators, and animal fights to entertain the public. The Colosseum was used for four centuries, and over time much of the structure has been destroyed. This amphitheater, however, is still a symbol of old Roman times.

When I was in Rome, I naturally visited the Colosseum. I was struck by its enormity and tried to imagine thousands of spectators screaming and cheering during the gruesome games. I had seen several movies that depicted the spectacle and felt a little disturbed. The size of the Colosseum made me think of the 10 years it took to build it and the many who slaved to complete this structure. It was quite an engineering feat. There are many of these architectural marvels in Rome and throughout Italy.

The beauty of the amphitheater was striking. I could imagine it newly built with its archways, marble seats, water fountains, and huge awning that would be rolled across the top to protect spectators from the sun or the rain. Today, the Colosseum is still one of Rome's top tourist destinations and a symbol of the city.

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