Ancient Roman Amphitheatres Posted by on Dec 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Ancient Roman amphitheatres are not to be confused with ancient Roman theatres. Ancient Roman amphitheatres are oval, but ancient Roman theatres are semi-circular in shape. Also, amphitheatres were used for performances like gladiator fights and chariot races, while the theatres were used more for plays and musical performances.

The Verona Amphitheatre is located in Verona, Italy. It contains one of the better preserved Amphitheatres. The Verona Amphitheatre is still in use, and musical acts like Elton John, The Who and Whitney Houston have all performed in this amphitheatre. It’s been estimated that it could hold more than 30,000 people when it was built in 30 AD.

The Capua Amphitheatre is one of the larger amphitheatres that have remained to this day. The exterior of the Capua Amphitheatre is in bad shape, but the interior is remarkably intact. The Amphitheatre was built sometime in Augustus’s reign. It is 170 meters long and 140 meters wide.

 The Amphitheatre of Pompeii is one of the oldest, intact, Ancient Roman amphitheatres. It was built in 70 B.C. but was buried in the eruption of Vesuvius. Design experts have cited the Amphitheatre of Pompeii as being a superior specimen of design. For instance the washrooms of the Amphitheatre were built so that large crowds could access them quickly and safely.

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