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The Colosseum: Ludi et Mors (Games and Death)

Who masterminded the most impressive stadium in the world?  Is it true that circa 65,000 spectators could feast their eyes on the games offered to them by the State?  During half-time, did musicians really play in the arena as perfumes and gifts were showered on the crowds?

Our visit to the Colosseum will help you understand the engineering of the ancient world’s largest stadium.  You be so engaged by the architecture that you’ll be able to rebuild it in your mind’s eye long after our visit.  And while we’re they’re, you’ll feel comfortable in this Imperial power-statement, that you’ll flash your ivory ticket to get into the games, salute the Emperor in his imperial box, snack on pistachios bought from your favorite concession stand, and find yourself gaping at the sleek panthers which have appeared in the arena thanks to well-disguised elevators!

You’ll also discover the seedy, steamy, seamy truth (and misconceptions!) about Roman games.  By the time we finish, you’ll have a greater understanding of the subtle psychology involved.  After all, the truth is not as simple as piles of dead gladiators and martyred Christians…  We will separate the gruesome facts from the gory fiction, and explain the motivation behind some of the Roman’s more perplexing and cruel behavior.

This visit lasts approximately two hours.  It can be conveniently coupled up with a visit to the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill or the underground attraction, San Clemente, which are all nearby.  Architecture buffs will enjoy a half-day that focuses on the Colosseum and the Pantheon, two Guinness Book of Imperial Wonders!

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