The Colosseum is one of the well-preserved monument of the ancient Rome.
The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire.
Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign (81–96). The name “Amphitheatrum Flavium” derives from both Vespasian’s and Titus’s family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).
The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.
Jacob de HEUSCH, Rome: A View of the Forum Romanum, 1694
Oil on canvas, 54 x 77 cm, private collection