Roman Entertainment

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Introduction Ancient Romans, like the Greeks, loved entertainment. Their idea of entertainment was usually something involving death and drama. They liked to watch plays, watch gladiators, participate or watch games, and watch or participate in animal hunts. Colosseum Events The Colosseum is a famous arena that 's still partly standing today. This arena could seat over 50,000 people. On hot days, a canopy was raised over the Colosseum to protect the viewers from the heat. In the Colosseum, many events were held for the Romans to watch. Watching was free so that everyone could come. The events held almost always involved death and destruction. There were the gladiators, the feeding of people to lions, animals fighting animals,…show more content…
It could hold 300,000 people and was filled almost completely with dirt. It was oval in shape and made during the time of an Etruscan king. Charioteers, even ones that were slaves, that won in Circus Maximus became so rich that they were richer than emperors. The track could hold twelve chariots and had gates the chariots started in. The gates and track were arranged so that all the chariots had to go the same distance around the track. The chariots were light and usually led by four horses. They also usually ran seven laps around the track and there were many sharp turns, so it was very dangerous and the charioteers sometimes fell off. This is why charioteers wore helmets and carried a dagger, so they could cut the reins, which were tied around their chest, in case the chariot tipped. The spectators usually liked the danger more than the racing. Celebrations held in Circus Maximus had acrobats and dancers, plus vendors selling honey cakes to the audience. There were many animals, such as lions, camels, tigers, bulls, and crocodiles. Jugglers and fire-eaters also performed. In the center, there were fountains with red and blue water. The celebrations were held before the chariot races, which were very serious. Roman Theater Plays were put on in the morning and afternoon. All the actors were male. In the early days, they wore simple costumes and makeup. Later, they had more elaborate costumes with wigs and masks.

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