Form and Function of the Colosseum

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Form and Function of the Colosseum

Colosseum is an example of a building in which its form and function are inextricably linked. To prove this, let us take a look at some of the orders, the wall-like structure and the vaults of the Colosseum as part of its form and functions.

With reference to the Illustration Book Colour Plate 19,28,72,75,76 and 78, and Block 2 The Colosseum Figure 6.1 and 6.2, the Colosseum evidently uses five orders: ‘Doric’, ‘Tuscan’, ‘Ionic’, ‘Corinthian’ and ‘Composite’. The function of these orders is to provide a framework for the divisions of the whole building. A different order is used for different levels, portraying the subtlety of the building. Both ‘Doric’
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With all the evidences that have been presented, it is thus clearly show that the form and function of the Colosseum are indeed inextricably linked.

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Part 2: Essay

Question: Why is that the Romans, as Thomas Wiedemann says, “did not see what went on in the amphitheatre as something wicked” (Resource Book 1,C11,p.101)?

For something to be considered wicked, it must be a deed that is intended to harm or have the capability of harming. In other words, it must be something morally bad. However, the Romans did not see what went on in the amphitheatre as ‘something wicked’ or morally bad at all. Instead, the Romans glorify and consider what went on in the amphitheatre as form of entertainment and public pleasure rather than a wicked show. In C1 Martial, On the Spectators, Martial supports this view by describing one of the shows as a very clever and original piece when he includes: ‘How ingenious are sudden chances!’, clearly thanking the Caesar for putting up such a wonderful show for his people. Apuleius and Pliny on the other hand, even express their regrets for the missed public pleasure due to the death and loss of the animals rather than feeling sorry. This is evident through the article of C3 Apuleius, The robbers’ tale:

‘But such grand and splendid preparations for the public’s pleasure did not escape the baleful eyes of

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