The Colosseum

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Dio Cassius said that 9,000 wild animals were killed in the one hundred days of celebration which inaugurated the amphitheatre opening. The arena floor was covered with sand, presumably to allow the blood to drain away. The Colosseum hosted large scale spectacular games that included fights between animals, the killing of prisoners by animals and other executions, naval battles by flooding the arena up until 81 AD, and combats between gladiators...
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It has been estimated that several hundreds of thousands died in the Colosseum games. The Colosseum measures 48 meters high, 188 meters long, and 156 meters wide. The wooden arena floor was 86 meters by 54 meters. Its elliptical shape kept the players from retreating to a corner, and allowed the spectators to be close to the action than a circle would allow...
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