history colosseum rome

Wanted by the Emperor Vespasian in 72 A.D. and finished by his son Titus in 80 A.D., the Colosseum was destined to games between gladiators, the hunting simulations with exotic animals and the spectacular naval battles. The immense architectural work was financed with the proceeds of provincial taxes and in part with the booty taken from the looting of the Temple of Jerusalem occurred in 70 A.D. The area chosen for the construction of the Colosseum was occupied by a large pond built for the Emperor Nero's Domus Aurea, but Vespasian ordered the burial. It was probably a shrewd political action to eradicate the memory of the people the memory of his predecessor and to give a strong signal of change. Vespasian lived to see realized the first two floors of the building, so it was Titus to complete the work and to inaugurate with 100 days of games.

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