Ancient Roman And The Roman Empire

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The Ancient Roman’s had a wicked idea of entertainment. The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest amphitheater ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering. The Roman Colosseum, constructed in 79 AD, is a visual representation of the importance of physical strength and military proficiency in Ancient Roman civilization, this is because it was constructed to revel Rome’s military accomplishments and to provide entertainment for Roman citizens. Many events prompted the construction of the Roman Colosseum.
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Vespasian sat on the Roman throne from AD70-79. (Sims et al., 1999) proposes that ‘Vespasian was the emperor who restored order after Nero.’ Many emperors of Ancient Rome satisfied the needs of their citizens with the giving of bread and entertainment, Vespasian wanted to impress visitors and the general public. Being able to build a vast structure showed that the government took care of its people and was wealthy. It essentially also showed the emperor’s power. Emperor Vespasian used the construction of the Colosseum to gain popularity and support throughout his empire. His name was not to be forgotten, as well as Titus who was the successor and heir of Vespasian. Jewish slaves assisted in the construction of the Colosseum in a form of slave labour.
Jewish slaves were the forced builders of the Colosseum and it was accomplished with slave labor. Due to failure in the Great Revolt, 20,000 Jewish slaves were brought over to Rome to build the Colosseum. (Mathias, 2011) proposed that another 70,000 Jewish slaves were used to quarry stones for the Colosseum, haling over 292,000 cartloads of stone from the Tivoli which was 17 miles away from the construction site. The construction project was funded by the treasure stolen from the Temple, as the empire was broke at the time due to the Great Revolt. The construction project took 8 long years to build. Unfortunately, Vespasian was unable to
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