The Colosseum is the largest ancient amphitheater that was ever built in history. If you have plans to travel to Rome, it is one of the must see tourist destinations. If you are studying ancient history, or landmarks in your homeschool, you will want to put the Colosseum on your list of places to learn about.
The Colosseum is also know as the Flavian Amphitheater. It is located in Rome, Italy and was built under the time of the Flavian emperors between 70 and 72 A.D. as a gift to the Romans. The Colosseum opened in 80 A.D. with 100 straight days of gladiator and wild animal fights. It was home to violent entertainment, many executions, gladiator fighting games, and even dramas and reenactments.
The Romans loved their sporting events and entertainment and the Colosseum was free to attend. The stadium could hold more than 50,000 people. It was funded by the sale of the gold and sacred Temple treasures from Jerusalem.
This ancient architecture is one of the best things to see when visiting Italy. It is amazing to look at with 80 arches, and different styles of columns. Most amphitheaters were dug into hillsides for extra support. This was a freestanding massive stone building. The underground tunnels and water pumps are quite fascinating and mysterious. The Colosseum is one of the best preserved ruins of the Roman Empire!
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If your kids enjoy learning about different landmarks they will find these free resources quite fascinating:
Seven Wonders of the Medieval World Reading Comprehension History Unit – The Colosseum in included as one of the seven lessons with reading comprehension questions students can answer aloud or in a notebook.
Architects and World Landmarks FREE Fact Cards – This FREE Architects and World Landmarks Fact Cards unit has 4 cheat sheets that list 40 world landmarks along with key years, the city and country where it is located, and its architects.
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