Engineering the Colosseum
Welcome to the Flavian amphitheater or better known as today, the Colosseum. This structure is rich in history, but this book’s focus is mostly on its architecture. Construction started in 72 AD under the head of the Roman Empire, Vespasian. Vespasian ripped out the previous emperor, Nero’s, pleasure palace to make a place of games for the people. Still standing today, ancient texts claim that the Colosseum could comfortably fit 87,000 people and often hosted animal duels, execution of prisoners, and gladiator fights. The building is made mostly of limestone and cement and the weight is distributed by rows and rows of arches. It was quite the spectacle during the Roman Empire and still a hot spot for tourists today.