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Unformatted text preview: before the Hypogea, a term for the complicated underground area of the Colosseum. The fighting floor of the Colosseum or stage was actually made of wood and simply covered with sand. Underneath there were rooms and halls where the gladiators and numerous amounts of beasts were kept. There were 8 different ways to reach the floor from underneath. Most people assume that The Colosseum was used solely for the purpose of gladiators and executions but this isn't the truth. This building was like the community center of our modern day towns. It was also used for the arts and many plays took place within it's walls. In Medieval times, long after the Romans, It was used primarily as a center for the arts. There were even workshops and a church eventually moved inside. I think that it is important that a community have a place to congregate, and this was exactly the use of The Colosseum....
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- Fall '07
- Colosseum, Roman Forum, The Colosseum