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Amphitheatres have been a global phenomenon but they were probably most widely built by the Roman Empire. An estimated two hundred of those were built in the first century AD alone. They hosted events such as gladiatorial combats (with humans and wild beasts), chariot races and public executions. 

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Amphitheatres have been a global phenomenon but they were probably most widely built by the Roman Empire. An estimated two hundred of those were built in the first century AD alone. They hosted events such as gladiatorial combats (with humans and wild beasts), chariot races and public executions. 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 21 Jul 2016, 00:38
Great shot, Ayush.

Is it made from concrete?
Ayush Basu: I understand that different materials were used for different areas such as the columns, upper storeys, tiles, etc - limestone, concrete, bricks from clay of the Tiber.
Wow. That is a stunning shot.
Ayush Basu: It was a stunning view of this impressive place, Michael.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Jul 2016, 06:38
It's hard to imagine the events you describe but I'm sure it all happened
Ayush Basu: I do not know how credible my sources are but I do not have much doubts about the human capacity for cruelty, Chris.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Jul 2016, 07:56
Très jolies ruines !
Ayush Basu: je suis d'accord avec toi. i profiter de la promenade .
Thank you, Martine. I enjoyed being in there.
Big entertainment eh Ayush, I bet Sky tv would have offered a big fee for exclusive rights if they were around back then.
Ayush Basu: Imagine all the advertising real estate in there, Chad!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Jul 2016, 09:32
This is a wonderful shot Ayush and the people give a sense of the stupendous scale of the place.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Mike. I was impressed by space in there.
I am glad you are showing these places I will never visit. This is amazing to see.
Ayush Basu: Oh well, SC is a great place to visit different spots from one's armchair. And I guess it was a once in a lifetime visit for me too, Mary. And likewise I thoroughly enjoy your shots from Canada.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 21 Jul 2016, 14:48
I like the light/shadows and esp. the people that show the scale of this place. Wonderful.
Ayush Basu: I guess it was somewhere between five and six in the evening, Bonnie. Thank you very much.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jul 2016, 16:04
Ah, those were the days when one could have a bit of fun smile I never knew that the ground was open like this; it looks like work in progress doesn't it?
Ayush Basu: It looks more like a rubbish dump to me, Alan. Oh yes, none of the politically correct nonsense in those days grin
I'm assuming all this part in the picture was under the floor of the amphitheatre at the time is was in use.
Ayush Basu: Your guess is a good one, Brian. There were tunnels and cell blocks, but I cannot answer if the exposed cavities are indeed those.
Looks as though a big clean-up job is needed!
Ayush Basu: Looks almost like a land fill, Tom.
Where are the cheap seats? smile
Ayush Basu: If you are a contestant, you would get to enter for free, Larry grin
Did you buy the Rome Card thing?
I bought it and you can actually use the card to skip the queue!
Ayush Basu: No I did not, LC.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jul 2016, 00:37
This is an impressive structure preserved for us to see today.

The past use is not so comfortably remembered. If only we could learn and not make the same mistakes again...
Ayush Basu: Admirable sentiments, CP. As far as our capacity for violence and cruelty goes, we have not evolved/improved since then.
i have been there Ayush... a photographer's dream... i missed our tour bus back to the ship and they had to come back to get megrin duh!!
....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Completely agree with you > photographer's dream.
Lucky we did not engaged transport on fixed timings or else I would have perhaps done a similar thing, Peter.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2016, 02:16
Beautifully captured. It sparks the imagination.
Ayush Basu: I liked your remark about sparking imagination, Beth - thank you!
I remember having many mixed emotions standing inside that place, Ayush. (sigh)
Ayush Basu: Precisely, Ginnie. It would be hard for thoughts not to go back to the events that took place here regularly.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 22 Jul 2016, 10:07
that is amazing, it doesn't even look real, wow!!!
Ayush Basu: There certainly is something about it, isn't it, Elaine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jul 2016, 14:46
This is quite a place.

I have been to amphitheaters in other parts of the world. Some were carved out of the side of a hill, overlooking the sea. You sat there having a picnic, while the sun is setting and just after dark, the play would commence. Most of these places had brilliant acoustics.
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, I had an introductory module to acoustics in college and I was impressed that even centuries ago, there was already considerable knowledge of how to design for optimal performance, Louis. Thank you.
Wonderful POV, Ayush!! Amazing place...
history is full of brutality
Ayush Basu: Nicely summed up, Elizabeth. Thank you for the comment.

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