curiosity colosseum rome the games

The Colosseum shows followed a precise order: in the morning you could attend venationes, the hunting of exotic animals, lunchtime public executions were provided and only in the afternoon gave way to gladiatorial combat. For venationes they were brought to Rome animals of all kinds from the most remote borders of the empire. It was an ostentation of power and wealth by the Emperor of all the human and animal world, also allowed the populace to admire animals that otherwise would never have had occasion to see. The Romans did not scruple to capture and kill these animals because they considered the nature able to stop spawning. For the opening games organized by Titus were sacrificed 9,000 animals and 10,000 prisoners. The latter were made to enter the arena without weapons or armor and constructs to compete with lions, bears and tigers. For other games were instead employed elephants, goats, deer, rhinos, buffaloes, crocodiles, camels and ostriches. Gladiators were usually slaves, prisoners of war or criminals sentenced to death, all characters that Rome did not recognize any rights. There were several categories of gladiators who differed in equipment, permits shots, their advantages and disadvantages. In the fighting were deployed several categories, the most classic battles alternated with ever new situations and more eccentric who drew inspiration from mythological episodes. The shows of gladiators ended in 437 A.D.

Discover Rome Art!

Find on the map!

What our visitors saying about their experience