The existing Aqua Claudia aqueduct was extended to supply water to the area and the gigantic bronze Colossus of Nero was set up nearby at the entrance to the Domus Aurea.[14]. Two hundred and forty mast corbels were positioned around the top of the attic. The Colosseum remained active for over 500 years. Unlike earlier Greek theatres that were built into hillsides, the Colosseum is an entirely free-standing structure. Vatican Description of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum: Pcf.va, "Rome Colosseum repair to be funded by Tods shoe firm". 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Are boxers, wrestlers, or other athletes the modem descendants of gladiators? The Colosseum has a wide and well-documented history of flora ever since Domenico Panaroli made the first catalogue of its plants in 1643. Gladiatorial schools and other support buildings were constructed nearby within the former grounds of the Domus Aurea. The name Colosseum has long been believed to be derived from a colossal statue of Nero nearby[5] (the statue of Nero was named after the Colossus of Rhodes). This statue was later remodeled by Nero's successors into the likeness of Helios (Sol) or Apollo, the sun god, by adding the appropriate solar crown. Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby). Throughout this vast Empire, Roman customs were adopted while many areas maintained their own cultural systems. Also nearby were the Armamentarium, comprising an armory to store weapons; the Summum Choragium, where machinery was stored; the Sanitarium, which had facilities to treat wounded gladiators; and the Spoliarium, where bodies of dead gladiators were stripped of their armor and disposed of. He forbade the use of the Colosseum as a quarry and consecrated the building to the Passion of Christ and installed Stations of the Cross, declaring it sanctified by the blood of the Christian martyrs who perished there (see Christians and the Colosseum). On the attic story, 240 wooden poles were affixed to support the velarium, or canvas awning, which would protect the crowd from the unbearable heat of the Roman sun. Abstract views reflect the number of visits to the article landing page. The famous thumbs down gesture may not have been entirely accurate. There are connections from the Colosseum to numerous aspects of western literature. Inscriptions identified the areas reserved for specific groups. All these corridors are barrel vaulted, running in at right angles to those of the ambulatories and thus buttressing them to a certain extent; the external thrust is taken by the great travertine piers, their blocks held together with bronze dowels. Observe the receding hairline and the wrinkled, shaven face. Arena: The Story of the Colosseum. The top level was finished and the building inaugurated by his son, Titus, in 80. 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The attic features a full wall with 40 slightly jutting pilasters (attached columns that are rectangular rather than round) with Corinthian capitals that divide 80 panels. Later popes initiated various stabilization and restoration projects, removing the extensive vegetation which had overgrown the structure and threatened to damage it further. There is also an account of a re-enactment of a famous sea battle between the Corcyrean (Corfiot) Greeks and the Corinthians. These quickly dispersed people into their seats and, upon conclusion of the event or in an emergency evacuation, could permit their exit within only a few minutes. 2001. When the public was uneasy or dissatisfied with the emperor, games were often held at the Colosseum to appease the masses. On 7 July 2007 the Colosseum became one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Site includes a history section (history, chronology, emperors, Middle Ages, quarry); a section on the games (munera, gladiators, Ad Bestias, Ludi, Hunts, Silvae, and Naumachiae); and a section on the architecture (description, construction-foundations, the site, the building, building strategy [in Italian only], marble, materials). About how historically, travelers have reveled in enjoying the Colosseum as a ruin. The remainder of the present-day exterior of the Colosseum is in fact the original interior wall. [33], There are no historical records or physical evidence for the use of the Colosseum as a place of execution for Christians. Colosseum stages peace concert, BBC News Online, 12 May 2002. Teutonico, Jeanne Marie.