Modern Marvels: The Colosseum
Though more than 2,000 years old, the iconic Roman Colosseum is still one of the largest and most magnificent stadiums ever built.
Construction for this ancient architectural wonder began in 70 A.D., and took a mere 10 years to complete. The massive structure is believed to have seated between 50,000 and 80,000 people, all of whom congregated enthusiastically to witness the countless savage and bloody spectacles on offer. Architecturally ahead of its time, the Colosseum also boasted a tractable roof, a labyrinthine underground staging area, marble seating, trap doors, and internal elevators. In this exciting program, explore the Colosseum's divisive and controversial past, and discover the need of modern-day Romans and tourists to reconcile the lavish brutality that went on within the stadium's walls with its awe-inspiring beauty and majesty.
From the origins of gladiatorial combat to the challenges faced by first-century engineers to the building's status as a prototype for the stadiums of today, join Modern MarvelsÂ® for a journey into the complex history behind The Colosseum.