The Colosseum

The Colosseum - before the Hypogea, a term for the...

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Charles Hargrave Art HIstory Roman Architecture The Colosseum I think that the colosseum in Rome was the most groundbreaking architectural achievement of it's time. This building were the pyramids of Greece but more complicated. Greeks claimed that it was able to seat 87,000 people, but modern scientists believe only 50,000 would fit inside the stadium. That number of people is astonishing to me being that our modern day stadiums fit about the same amount. The Colosseum was probably the most important structure in Rome for a long period of time. The sheer size and scope of The Colosseum is enough to make it the most important architectural mark of it's time. After it's completion in 80 AD The Colosseum became the cultural center of Rome. Elaborate sea battles took place here where the Romans would flood the floor and ships could even be used in battle. Scientists suppose these sea battles took place
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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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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course AH 10 taught by Professor Rose during the Fall '07 term at Fairfield.

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