Probably the Most Photographed Point of Interest in Rome
The building of the Roman Colosseum was initiated in 70 A.D. by Vespasian, emperor of Rome after Nero. Vespasian was succeeded by Titus and then Domitian, each adding additions to the great structure completed in 96 A.D.
Able to hold 55,000-80,000 spectators, it remains the largest amphitheater in the world. There was no admission fee, but one sat according to one's social class. Shows were a daily event, well- attended and included gladiator fights, mock sea battles, executions, classic Greek mythological dramas, and wild animal hunts.
At the inaugural event, more than 9,000 exotic animals from all over the world were hunted and killed. The meat from the animals slaughtered was cooked and fed to the audience.
Criminals and slaves were often given the choice of gladiator competition to win their freedom, but most did not live past the event.