Flashcards in Theatres - Rome - The Colosseum Deck (21):
Why was it constructed?
To secure the flavian dynasty
When was it constructed?
Who completed the colosseum?
Vespasians son Titus after his fathers' death
What shape was the colosseum?
What was the colosseum built from?
Travertine, tufa, concrete, brick, tiles, marble, gravel, wood and sand.
Was it before or after the Theatre of Marcellus
80,000 to reflect the needs of a population of 1 million
How high was the colosseum?
What was the site size?
188 x 156
What was it supported by?
A huge elliptical ring of concrete topped with blocks of travertine
How was the outer wall impressive?
Four storeys - doric, ionic and corinthian plus top floor.
What were the arches flanked by on the lower floors?
What were all the columns faced with?
How could the the colosseum be entered?
Large number of numbered arched entrances on the lower floor
Things that ensured the colosseum was safe?
Easy entry/access, wide circulation passages, lift system, ticket people
When was it completed and who by?
80 AD and Titus
What was it topped with?
80-bay plain wall enlivened by Corinthian pilasters
What did each of the pillared floor feature?
80 arches flanked by engaged columns
What was each pillared floor's columns faced in?
Travertine and marble
What stood in each doorway?