The Colosseum: A Fascinating Look into Ancient Roman Entertainment

TLDR The Colosseum, commissioned by Emperor Vespasian, is the largest amphitheater in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was used for various events such as gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, and naval battles, and has undergone extensive restoration to preserve its historical significance.

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00:00 The Colosseum, commissioned by Roman Emperor Vespasian, is the world's largest amphitheater and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
02:25 The Colosseum was built as a public amphitheater by Emperor Vespasian on the site of the demolished Domus Aria, which was a palace built by Emperor Nero.
04:21 The Colosseum was built in the center of Rome using the loot taken from the Siege of Jerusalem, and it required a large number of workers, including slaves, to construct.
06:20 The Colosseum had seating sections for different social classes, wooden corbels for sunshade, a wooden and sand arena floor, a network of tunnels called the Hypogeum for gladiators and animals to enter the arena, the ability to flood the arena for naval battles, a seating capacity of 50,000 to 87,000, 80 entrances with Vomitoria exits, and it was opened by Emperor Titus.
08:19 The Colosseum was actively used for about 400 years, experiencing damage from fires and earthquakes, and eventually being repurposed as a church, homes, shops, and a cemetery, while also being referred to as the amphitheater of the Colossae and later as the Colosseum, and used as a quarry for travertine limestone.
10:16 Efforts have been made to preserve what remains of the Colosseum, including major restorations in the last 30 years, and future plans for a new retractable wooden floor in the arena; it is currently one of the top tourist attractions in Rome with 7.6 million visitors in 2019.
12:15 The Colosseum has been named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and offers nighttime tours, providing an incredible experience for visitors.
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