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Top 10 Colosseum facts that will blow your mind.

  1. In the late 1990s, a man studying the underground chambers of the Colosseum found patterns of holes, notches and grooves in the walls. By connecting the dots of the negative space, he discovered that a system of elevators had been used to transport wild animals and scenery to the main floor.

  2. In 86 AD, the Colosseum was filled with water to stage a full naval battle

  3. Over 684 species of plants have been identified at the Roman Colosseum. Many of the seeds were planted through fecal matter of the many exotic animals brought from the far reaches of the Roman Empire.

  4. The Latin word "arena" means "sand" and we get it's modern definition because Romans covered the colosseum floor with sand to absorb blood

  5. The Roman Colosseum had 28 lifts which hoisted animals 24 ft up, then cage lids and trap doors in the arena floor opened simultaneously, unleashing beasts to fight each other or men. A lift was remade last June, ridden by a wolf who received a biscuit when released into the Colosseum.

  6. The Colosseum was built in just 10 years

  7. There were naval battles held inside the Colosseum!

  8. During the inauguration of the Roman colosseum 9000 animals were killed in 100 days. Some species of animals were killed in such large numbers that they went extinct.

  9. Mussolini drastically altered the area surrounding the Colosseum, leveling hills and removing ruins, including the base of the Colossus of Nero.

  10. Rome celebrated a victory by releasing 1000 ostriches, 1000 boars and 1000 deer into the Colosseum, before the people were admitted to take whatever they could kill.

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The Roman Imperial army created specialised fighting units to capture dangerous wild animals to fight in the colosseum. They were forbidden from harming the animals and were considered to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the empire.

The ancient Roman Colosseum had a retractable roof

Ancient Romans had to get tickets to go to the colosseum. The tickets had the section, row, and seat number written on it for assigned seating, just like stadiums do today.

The Roman Colosseum was sometimes flooded to re-enact sea battles

The Romans staged a mock Naval Battle in the Colosseum by flooding it.

It took 4 million gallons of water 7 hours to flood the Roman Colosseum 5 feet for their famous naval battle reenactments.

Ancient Romans would flood the Colosseum and stage naval battles.

At times Romans would flood the entire Colosseum with water and have ship battles for fun. This was originated by Julius Caesar in 46 BC on ocassion of his quadruple triumph

The Romans would board up and flood the colosseum in order to hold naval battles, or naumachiae.

Ancient Roman concrete is 10 times weaker than modern concrete. The reason structures such as the Colosseum (~70 AD) and the Pantheon (~14 AD) are still standing was the inclusion of a specific volcanic ash in the mixture.

The Colosseum of Rome inherited the name from a nearby bronze statue almost as large as the Statue of Liberty called the Colossus of Nero. Today only the foundations of the pedestal remain.

The Colosseum in Rome had a cloth roof that covered most of the arena and was engineered to keep sun and rain off spectators, provide a pleasant breeze for the audience, and be retractable in case of bad weather.

Roman Emperor Nero had a 30-metre (98 ft) bronze statue of himself built, the proximity of this colossus to the Flavian Amphitheatre led to the amphitheatre eventually becoming known as the Colosseum

A Russian tourist was caught carving his initial into a wall at the Roman Colosseum and was fined €20,000

It took 60,000 Jewish slaves to build the Colosseum. It was built of stone and concrete.

It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre because it was built during the Flavian dynasty. It got the name Colosseum because of a statue that was located alongside the amphitheatre called ‘the colossus of Nero".

The Colosseum has become a symbol against capital punishment. The death penalty was abolished in Italy in 1948. Today, any time anyone in the world has their sentence of death commuted (overturned) or they are released, the lights in the night time illumination of the Colosseum change from white to gold. This color change also occurs whenever a jurisdiction abolishes the death penalty as well.

Several different events were held in the Colosseum including gladiator contests, mock battles and animal hunts, and dramas that were based on Classical mythology. If they held a mock sea battle they flooded the Colosseum with water.

There were also re-enactments of famous battles and executions held in the amphitheatre.

Construction began in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian.

Some of the free food must have included fruit because fruit trees often grew in the Colosseum. It doesn"t sound like the Romans had discovered garbage cans yet. Or perhaps the spectators chose to throw their fruit at those in the center of the Colosseum if they were unhappy with the performance!

In the early medieval era it was no longer used for entertainment purposes. Eventually it was used for workshops, housing, religious quarters, a quarry, a fortress and even as a Christian shrine.

Some of the most famous examples of Roman architecture include the Roman Forum, the Temples of Venus and Rome, the Temple of Bacchus, the Stadium of Domitian, the Roman Colosseum, Pont du Gard, the Pantheon, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, House of the Faun, Domus Aurea, and the Arch of Titus.

Domitian, Vespasian's youngest son, made modifications to the amphitheatre during his reign from 81-96 AD. He built underground tunnels to hold slaves and animals. He also built a gallery to the top for additional seating.

Admission and food was free to the ancient Romans who attended the events held there. It's not likely that hot dogs and cold beer were served there like in the stadiums of today.