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1

Where is the amphitheatre?

South of a main road (via dell-abbondanza) near Sarno Gate

2

When was it completed?

80 BC

3

Who was it commissioned by?

Two magistrates - Valgus and Porches

4

How much does the amphitheatre measure?

135 x 104 metres

5

Capacity?

20,000

6

Where is the amphiteatre sited in the city?

Easterly corner (well away from the original centre)

7

What was the arena surrounded by?

Parapet - orginally painted with scenes of hunt and contests

8

What was the amphitheatre used exclusively for?

Gladiatorial contests and spectacles involving wild beasts

9

What was there no attempt to do to the exterior?

Face with marble

10

What was used instead of marble facing?

Opus incetum

11

What did the opus incetum do?

Give strength

12

What kind of arches did the theatre have?

Blind - offered no access to the interior

13

What was there sets of for spectators sitting on lower seats?

Exterior steps that were narrow

14

Where did two small tunnels lead?

Ciruclation area

15

What was the seating like in general?

Cramped (even for top people)

16

Where was the amplitheatre set?

Into the ground

17

What was used to build it?

Local stone - masonry

18

What do the arches with outside staircases give impression of?

Style