Colossal Tour – Rome’s Living History

It has always been a dream of mine to step foot in the Roman Colosseum, probably the most impressive building of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum is the iconic symbol for everything I’ve studied in university and before. It represents a glimpse into history, both its flaws and its triumphs. Even today, in a world of skyscrapers and architectural advancements, the Colosseum is still truly impressive.

The structured beauty of the Colosseum is in stark contrast to the murderous encounters that took place within it. Up to 50,000 spectators, including women and children, watched as thousands of people fought tooth and nail for their lives in a vicious cycle of victory or death. 

It is easy to get caught up in the hype of the gladiators but the true reality of their existence was dreary and bleak.

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5 thoughts on “Colossal Tour – Rome’s Living History

  1. I think the Colosseum is awesome. When I was there, I found myself wishing I could take a trip back through time to spend a day as a spectator watching the gladiator games, because it must have been the most exciting entertainment that has ever existed (at least for the spectators). Did you feel the same way?

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  2. Dear Lesley,
    I have been enjoying looking through your blog, led here after your appreciation of mine, I spent a week in Rome last summer
    http://whitemarkarts.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/rome-notes-from-the-bench-outside-the-palazzo-farnese-melancholy/
    and found being able to stay in one place made all the difference to travel; enjoying the passeggiata each evening for example. Also found myself very moved by Keats House, highly recommended if you go to Rome again, I did not expect to be so close to tears looking at his bed – the emotional power of objects associated with others. Thanks again.
    Good luck with motherhood.
    Mark

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