Built under the Flavian dynasty, consisting of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.
The Colosseum will be celebrating its 2000th birthday before the end of the century!
This is believed to be the average audience, which could reach a maximum of 80,000 people!
It has been estimated that during the many years the Colosseum saw combat, that 500,000 people died and 1 million wild animals were killed!
This meant lots of surprises for the crowd, including charging wild animals and even the ability to stage small naval battles!
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.
The Romans captured around 100,000 Jewish people after the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70). Many of these Jewish slaves built the Colosseum.
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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