Analysis Of The Amphitheater Of El Djem

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When at its height, the Roman Empire spanned a great expanse of land. It would be logical to assume that the outermost provincial lands had their own cultures and traditions, and thus their own art, yet this is not entirely true. Art and architecture from the Provinces of the Roman Empire are astoundingly similar to art and architecture from the most central portion of Rome. The Amphitheater of El Djem is one of those architectural pieces that both embraces Roman ideals and pays homage to local customs. It does this through the architectural design, the building method, the purpose of the building, and the integration of more local aspects in the building. The Amphitheater of El Djem is the largest amphitheater in Africa and is one of the largest ones in the world. The amphitheater is one of two that were in the town. It is believed that the building underwent three building phases: the original building in tufa, or limestone, the reconstruction, and then an enlargement (Dhwty). The ruins were found in the small village of El Djem, North Africa, and thus, it dwarfs the rest of the area, even in the modern day. Made entirely out of stone with no foundation, this building is about 148 meters long and 122 meters wide. During the Roman time, when the amphitheater was in use, it could hold around 35,000 spectators (Amphitheater of El Jem). The rows of seats reached up to 36 meters from the ground, which is about three stories in modern terms (Dhwty). Built around 238 AD

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