Horror Colosseum VS Circus Colosseum

Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum was the biggest amphitheater in the Roman architect, called the Flavian Amphitheatre. The Colosseum was a remarkable and was built in remembrance and particularly represented the New Emperor of Rome, Vespanian (71 A.D - 79 A.D). Vespasian by the contemporary portrait, and he, the constructor of the Colosseum. The Flavian Amphitheatre was mainly made for two purposes. Firstly, it was built for spectacular games, fights, and battle, such as Gladiators. Gladiator battles, executions, animal hunts, and the mock sea battle were all held in the Roman Colosseum. Secondly, it was a place for entertainment of Roman Circus and drama based myths. The Amphitheatre had 4 floors in total, and 76 entrances; the platform of the amphitheatre was 76 feet thick. The seatings of the theatre could fill up to 50,000 people, the upper and lower class determined how the seats were arranged, the upper class had great access to the Colosseum stage, while the lower class had to sit on the 4th level. The amphitheatre, or its design of the Architecture was emphasized by its discovery of the concrete and arches of the Roman Colosseum. The Architect was unique and reflected the Roman culture and the Roman Columns.

The remains of the Roman Colosseum

Horror of the Colosseum

At the Colosseum, there are plenty of entertainments for the public to enjoy, but many weren't harmless and even caused deaths. The events were all ran by a strict schedule. In the morning, there were wild animal hunts with experienced archers and experts with spears. in this event, the Emperor joins, shooting the animals with a bow and arrow from the safety Imperial box. Then trained gladiators, the Betiarii, were to fight wild beasts such as tigers and leopards. Afterwards, the Meridiani, light armed gladiators, were to fight the wild beasts. Then the Andabatae starts, where criminals wore helmets that blindfolded them and would move closer to each other through attendance, slashing blindly at each other. Executions would then be performed for the public to see. Victims consists of criminals, Roman army deserters, rebels, traitors, runaway slaves, and Christians. There were various types of executions such as crucifixion, fought beasts barehanded, eaten by beasts, burned alive, dragged to death, beaten to death, and burned with hot iron. Slaves and Christians were usually sentenced crucifixion, where the criminal was stripped of its clothes and nailed or bounded to the cross. But Roman citizens were never sentenced crucifixion, even if it is the same crime, instead they were beheaded. Many times the criminals were tortured before their execution. Some were racked until their bones were out of joint, others were hung up by their hands to hooks while weights were fastened to their feet. Then wrestling and boxing events took place.

Gladiators fighting for their lives at the Gladiatorial combat.

The most important events of the day, the gladiatorial combats begin. For the "opening act" the gladiators fought with a whip, club, and shield. Afterwards, proper gladiatorial combats begin, where the gladiators fight for their lives. Sometimes battles would be re-enacted at the Colosseum such as the water battles, called the Naumachiae.

Decent Entertainments at the Colosseum

Though most of the events in the Colosseum were very violent and gruesome, many were still harmless. There are various acts that were usually seen at circuses such as trained animal acts, acts featuring dwarves and clowns, acrobats, gymnasts, high wire acts, and balancing acts, other than circus acts, music and dancers were also performed at the Colosseum. The Romans proposed these things as their entertainment area, even though they were quite brutal and cruel, but it was the most exciting, yet devastating event held in Rome. Horse-racing and chariot were also performed. Chariot races were one of the oldest and most popular entertainments at the Colosseum in the Circus Maximus . The Chariot was a race where they had to spin seven times, which was a number of 4 miles total in the stadium. The charioteers were dressed according the factions, which was in a unique fashion that distributed in four different colors: white, red, blue, and green; yet 2 other colors, gold and purple, were included, or added, by the government. In the Colosseum, it not only provides entertainment, which were in profession, and a full understanding in educational informations and references of school and universities. These Colosseum Entertainment were usually well trained and prepared, in order for the event to continue and give enjoyment to the Romans.

The Chariot Race


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