When you visit the incredible city of Rome you might want to see the ancient Colosseum. This used to be the stage for different shows: for example fighting between exotic animals, or between men and animals. But also unique events took place like a famous exhibition of an elephant who knew how to write words in the sand with its trunk. But the favorite show that everybody adored were the shows of the gladiators.
When the gladiator shows started, you heard a loud noise from the audience and trumpets were blown while the gladiators paraded into the packed arena with pride. They came from the underground passageway in the arena and they were cheered by fans like real heroes, basically just like our famous sportsmen and sportswomen.
The shows that took place in the Colosseum created a link between the citizens and their leader through ordinary contribution at important public events; it gave the people some fun to distract them from the political problems.
Nowadays gladiators are no more, but the Colosseum sill holds some interesting exhibitions:
“Divus Vespasianus. The Capitolium and the Egypt during Flavis’ epoque”, from April 21st to January 10th 2010
Opening hours: 8.30-1900.Closed on Monday.
Tickets: full € 11; reduced € 6.50