Essay on The Colosseum Of Rome, The Capital Of Italy

1430 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
The Colosseum is located in Rome, the capital of Italy. The Colosseum today is different from when it was built over 2000 years ago. Fire and earthquakes have damaged this monument, but today it is one of the most famous monuments in the world. The Colosseum has been damaged over the centuries, but is a popular tourist attraction, with more than “5 million visitors a year, as well as an iconic symbol of Rome and its long, tumultuous history” (Szegedy-Maszak 115–116).
The Colosseum is built on land Emperor Nero claimed after a fire destroyed the city center in Rome. Emperor Nero took over this public land and used it to build a palace for himself. After his death, three more emperors ruled the empire, before Vespasian became emperor in 69 AD. The Roman Empire currently was at war, the economy was bad, and the people did not trust the emperors that ruled them. Emperor Vespasian wanted to gain the support and confidence of the people. He built a stadium that would offer the people a form of entertainment. The construction of the Colosseum began in 70 AD. The Colosseum was originally named the Flavian Amphitheatre, after the three emperors who built it, Emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Many historians believed it was called the Colosseum because of a “giant bronze statue that was nearby, that Nero had commissioned of himself to resemble the Colossus at Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" (Sear 23). The Colosseum had an oval shape with four…

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