The Games of the Coliseum
Throughout history, mankind has witnessed many different events and acts that have either made us feel happy, joyful, inspired, or horrified and disgusted. There are only a few, however, that are as historically significant as the games of the Roman Coliseum. In 70 AD, Emperor Vespasian wanted to create a magnificent structure that reflected his great power, and for the amusement of his people. This magnificent structure was called the Flavian Amphitheatre, commonly known today as the Roman Coliseum. Vespasian died before the structure was completed. His son, and new Emperor, Titus, oversaw the completion of the structure in 80 AD (scared-destinations.com, 1). Several natural disasters, including the eruption of Mount Vesuvivus, fires in Rome, and a devastating outbreak of the plague caused a delay in the grand opening celebration. When Titus was finally able to christen the Coliseum, he organized a 100 day celebration which included a variety of games which included gladiator fights, dramas based of classic mythology and animal hunts. It has been reported that over 11,000 animals and as many gladiators were killed during this celebration. Entry into the games was free to all citizens of Rome so it was very common than many in the audience were the lower class Romans and peasants (Mann, 1). The events that were the most popular were gladiator fights, wild beast hunts, and sea battles. Gladiatorial battles or” Munera”, which is what they were known by in Ancient Rome, were very gruesome, bloody, and inhumane. Yet the Romans loved the gruesome entertainment. The most popular were man on man battles. Gladiators enhanced the experience by taking on a violent persona with their choice of armor and what type of deadly weapon they choose to wield at their opponent. Their weapons varied from basic swords to tridents. For example, an Andebate gladiator had mail armour on their limbs and lower torso,...
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