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© © Viorel Dudau
The Colosseum was built in the first century AD by successive Flavian emperors at the site of Nero's man-made lake. In this way the emperors tried to eradicate all memories of the much-hated Nero, and to win back the public. Following its completion around 80 AD, Titus introduced games which continued for one hundred days. Gladiatorial contests, crane fights and a fight involving four elephants featured on the programme. Nineteen thousand animals were slaughtered. The name Colosseum may well refer to the forty metre high statue (colossus) of Nero which stood next to the amphitheatre, rather than to the building's dimensions, as is often claimed.
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Address
Piazza del Colosseo
Tram
Piazza Del Colosseo (3, 8)
Metro
Colosseo (B, B1)
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