Coliseum of RomeView All Sizes
JOURNAL : May 26, 2002
Once you get right up to it the Flavian Amphitheater is huge, even by the standards of modern olympic stadiums. These pictures hardly do it justice. What stands out beyond its imposing facade is that the ancient engineering is still sturdy and intelligent by modern standards.
The Collosseum of RomeView All Sizes
Flavian AmphitheaterView All Sizes
Flavian Amphitheater from the RearView All Sizes
Inside there is no floor. All the intricate rooms and hallways are exposed, shedding light on the bustling underbelly of the Colosseum.
While in the very center it's easy to imagine the activities that once took place here; Chariots race by, gladiators hack each other to death, animals gore Christians, or famous athletes compete for glory. All around you can almost hear the roar of the masses as a rhinoceros runs you down...
In particular the roman brickwork is of exceeding high quality. Each brick has been carefully fashioned of very fine, tightly packed concrete. Ancient apartment buildings, and massive structures like aqueducts and the Colosseum all display this excellent craftmanship, symbolic of the belief in the endurance of the Roman Empire.
Indeed it did last nearly 500 years, built on a city that was already some 500 years old or more, and succeeded by the modern city of Rome still thrives despite a history of invasion and destruction.
We strolled about inside and took a few more photographs. It's still a marvel two thousand years later. Nearby is the Arch of Constantine, built in 313 A.D. of marble with sculptural and architectural elements from other places because of the declining fortunes of Rome at the time. It celebrates Emperor Constatine's victory over Massenzio.
The Coliseum of Rome
The Coliseum of RomeView All Sizes
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May 26, 2002
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