The Colosseum was an arena for many famous fights. Most people know about famous gladiators that fought at the Colosseum, but not many people know the history of the Colosseum. Why did they build it? What happened there? How did the Colosseum impact the daily life of the citizens of Rome? The Colosseum is filled with amazing knowledge and is an architectural wonder. The Colosseum has a vast amount of history just waiting to be found.
What was the Colosseum? The Colosseum was many things. It was an arena. It was a racetrack. It’s also an architectural wonder. The Colosseum was where criminals, famous fighters, and animals fought to the death. It was also a place where chariot racers would race each other for first place. The wealthiest people had the best seats which were closest to the arena floor, but the poor people had to sit higher up. The Colosseum was open to the public all day long. It even had awnings to protect the viewers from the sun.( "The Colosseum in Ancient Roman Times.", 2013)
Over the time there were many famous arenas but none as grand as the Colosseum. Building the Colosseum was not cheap though. The Vespasian (ruler of Rome) used the money that Rome collected after the “Jewish War.” When building the Colosseum, not everyone thought it was a good idea. Some priests wanted to use the fine stone of the Colosseum to build new cathedrals and churches, but the Colosseum was built to last. After two thousand years, a third of the Colosseum still stands! (BBC News., 2013)
Why was the Colosseum built? It was a gift from the Vespasian to the people of Rome. The Colosseum was built to make the ruler more popular. After the Colosseum’s construction was complete they celebrated with 100 days of arena games. The popularity stunt worked. The people of Rome now loved their leader more than ever. The Colosseum had meant something to the people of Rome. Each column underneath the arena floor had a story of something special that had happened at the Colosseum. Best of all the Colosseum was a free arena. The wealthy and the poor, the young and the old, they could all go to the Colosseum. It was...