August 6 & 7. Days 71-72. Roma, Italy.
The Colosseo & the Roman Forum.
The Roman Colosseum is really an amazing sight with a deep, interesting history. As we all know, gladiators once fought here against each other and against exotic animals until the death, all for the entertainment for the people of Rome. But amazingly, the amphitheater, completed in 80 A.D. could hold between 55,000 and 80,000 spectators which were seated by social rank, each finding their place easily because of the organized, numbered entrances, rows and seats which can still be seen in parts of the Colosseum today. At the conclusion of an event or in an emergency, the entire amphitheater could be evacuated within 15 minutes! How the Romans figured this out in 80 A.D. blows my mind. There are so many more amazing architectural and engineering instances in the Roman history, I loved learning about them and how advanced they were for their time.
The Roman Forum is an area of now ruins, across the way from the Colosseum. The Roman Forum was once the center of commerce and meeting place for the Roman Empire. I’m not even going to try to explain all of the history here, because there is too much and I am bound to get something wrong. Although I was in awe the entire time I was walking though the ancient ruins, I cannot pretend to have a grasp on the entirety of it. The area that is the Forum has several ancient buildings and monuments, some still intact some not, erected by Rome’s greatest Emperors, including Julius Caesar, Augustus and Constantine the Great. The 8th photo is of me in front of the place where the Temple of Caesar once stood, and where he was assassinated and cremated in 44 B.C.! Isn’t it crazy that you can stand in the same place that Rome’s most powerful Emperor was killed, all before the birth of Christ?