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Why was it constructed?

To secure the flavian dynasty

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When was it constructed?

70 AD

3

Who completed the colosseum?

Vespasians son Titus after his fathers' death

4

What shape was the colosseum?

Oval

5

What was the colosseum built from?

Travertine, tufa, concrete, brick, tiles, marble, gravel, wood and sand.

6

Was it before or after the Theatre of Marcellus

After

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Capacity?

80,000 to reflect the needs of a population of 1 million

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How high was the colosseum?

48 metres

9

What was the site size?

188 x 156

10

What was it supported by?

A huge elliptical ring of concrete topped with blocks of travertine

11

How was the outer wall impressive?

Four storeys - doric, ionic and corinthian plus top floor.

12

What were the arches flanked by on the lower floors?

Engaged columns

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What were all the columns faced with?

Marble

14

How could the the colosseum be entered?

Large number of numbered arched entrances on the lower floor

15

Things that ensured the colosseum was safe?

Easy entry/access, wide circulation passages, lift system, ticket people

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When was it completed and who by?

80 AD and Titus

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What was it topped with?

80-bay plain wall enlivened by Corinthian pilasters

18

What did each of the pillared floor feature?

80 arches flanked by engaged columns

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What was each pillared floor's columns faced in?

Travertine and marble

20

What stood in each doorway?

Statue

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What did the colosseum replace?

Nero's private garden