ROME, ITALY - JUNE 03: Illustration of Rome; Italy on June 03, 2012..Colosseum?The Colosseum's original Latin name was Amphitheatrum Flavium.?Its construction started in 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).?Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. ?In antiquity, Romans may have referred to the Colosseum by the unofficial name Amphitheatrum Caesareum remained in service for nearly 500 years, the latest games lasting until the sixth century;?Today, it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
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