Romans Called The Colosseum Something Different

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

The Colosseum was officially called the Flavian Amphitheater because it was commissioned by the Flavian emperors, starting with Vespasian. The construction of the amphitheater began during Vespasian's reign, and continued through that of his sons, Titus and Domitian. Upon its completion, it had three stories of about 80 total arched entryways, and could seat more than 50,000 people, who eagerly watched gladiators engage in bloody combat. The amphitheater was even flooded during mock naval fights!

Share the knowledge!

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Ancient Rome's Circus Maximus was host to chariot races, which the emperor could watch from the imperial box. 02:17

  2. The best seats in the Colosseum were the ones closest to the arena floor. 06:12

  3. The Pantheon was built with granite transported from Egypt, and is thought to have honored past emperors by displaying statues of them. 09:47

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.