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70-80 AD...

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The Colosseum will be celebrating its 2000th birthday before the end of the century!

36 trapdoors...

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This meant lots of surprises for the crowd, including charging wild animals and even the ability to stage small naval battles!

Named for the Colossus of Nero

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There was a huge statue nearby of the Roman Emperor Nero, which stood 98 ft high! The statue may have been destroyed by earthquakes or invading armies.

Built by 60,000 slaves...

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The Romans captured around 100,000 Jewish people after the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70). Many of these Jewish slaves built the Colosseum.

80 ways to get in...

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There were more than 80 entrances for Roman citizens to enter the Colosseum and enjoy the brutal combats held inside (for free).
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