Inside Roman Colosseum, part 2…Dentro del Coliseo Romano, parte 2

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colosseum
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo , is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).
The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and has also links to the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit “Way of the Cross” procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.
The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.
The Colosseum’s original Latin name was Amphitheatrum Flavium, often anglicized as Flavian Amphitheater. The building was constructed by emperors of the Flavian dynasty, following the reign of Nero. This name is still used in modern English, but generally the structure is better known as the Colosseum. In antiquity, Romans may have referred to the Colosseum by the unofficial name Amphitheatrum Caesareum (with Caesareum an adjective pertaining to the title Caesar), but this name may have been strictly poetic[11][12] as it was not exclusive to the Colosseum; Vespasian and Titus, builders of the Colosseum, also constructed an amphitheater of the same name in Puteoli (modern Pozzuoli).[13]
The name Colosseum has long been believed to be derived from a colossal statue of Nero nearby[4] (the statue of Nero was named after the Colossus of Rhodes).[citation needed] This statue was later remodeled by Nero’s successors into the likeness of Helios (Sol) or Apollo, the sun god, by adding the appropriate solar crown. Nero’s head was also replaced several times with the heads of succeeding emperors. Despite its pagan links, the statue remained standing well into the medieval era and was credited with magical powers. It came to be seen as an iconic symbol of the permanence of Rome.
In the 8th century, a famous epigram attributed to the Venerable Bede celebrated the symbolic significance of the statue in a prophecy that is variously quoted: Quamdiu stat Colisæus, stat et Roma; quando cadet colisæus, cadet et Roma; quando cadet Roma, cadet et mundus (“as long as the Colossus stands, so shall Rome; when the Colossus falls, Rome shall fall; when Rome falls, so falls the world”).[14] This is often mistranslated to refer to the Colosseum rather than the Colossus (as in, for instance, Byron’s poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage). However, at the time that the Pseudo-Bede wrote, the masculine noun coliseus was applied to the statue rather than to what was still known as the Flavian amphitheatre.
The Colossus did eventually fall, possibly being pulled down to reuse its bronze. By the year 1000 the name “Colosseum” had been coined to refer to the amphitheatre. The statue itself was largely forgotten and only its base survives, situated between the Colosseum and the nearby Temple of Venus and Roma.[15]
The name further evolved to Coliseum during the Middle Ages. In Italy, the amphitheatre is still known as il Colosseo, and other Romance languages have come to use similar forms such as Coloseumul (Romanian), le Colisée (French), el Coliseo (Spanish) and o Coliseu (Portuguese).

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El Coliseo es un anfiteatro de la época del Imperio romano, construido en el siglo I d. C. y ubicado en el centro de la ciudad de Roma. Originalmente era denominado Anfiteatro Flavio (Amphitheatrum Flavium), en honor a la Dinastía Flavia de emperadores que lo construyó, y pasó a llamarse Colosseum por una gran estatua que había cerca, el Coloso de Nerón, que no ha llegado hasta nosotros. Por su conservación e historia, el Coliseo es uno de los monumentos más famosos de la antigüedad clásica. Fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 1980 por la Unesco y una de Las Nuevas Siete Maravillas del Mundo Moderno el 7 de julio de 2007.
En la antigüedad poseía un aforo para unos 50 000 espectadores, con ochenta filas de gradas. Los que estaban cerca de la arena eran el Emperador y los senadores, y a medida que se ascendía se situaban los estratos inferiores de la sociedad. En el Coliseo tenían lugar luchas de gladiadores y espectáculos públicos. Se construyó justo al este del Foro Romano, y las obras empezaron entre 70 d. C. y 72 d. C., bajo el mandato del emperador Vespasiano. El anfiteatro, que era el más grande jamás construido en el Imperio romano, se completó en 80 d. C. por el emperador Tito, y fue modificado durante el reinado de Domiciano.4 Su inauguración duró 100 días, participando en ella todo el pueblo romano y muriendo en su celebración decenas de gladiadores y fieras que dieron su vida por el placer y el espectáculo del pueblo.
El Coliseo se usó durante casi 500 años, celebrándose los últimos juegos de la historia en el siglo VI, bastante más tarde de la tradicional fecha de la caída del Imperio romano de Occidente en 476 d. C. Los bizantinos también lo utilizaron durante el siglo VI. Además de las peleas de gladiadores, muchos otros espectáculos públicos tenían lugar aquí, como naumaquias, caza de animales, ejecuciones, recreaciones de famosas batallas y obras de teatro basadas en la mitología clásica. El edificio dejó de emplearse para estos propósitos en la Alta Edad Media. Más tarde, sirvió como refugio, fábrica, sede de una orden religiosa, fortaleza y cantera. De sus ruinas se extrajo abundante material para la construcción de otros edificios, hasta que fue convertido en santuario cristiano, en honor a los cautivos martirizados durante los primeros años del cristianismo. Esta medida contribuyó a detener su expolio y a que se conservara.
Aunque la estructura está seriamente dañada debido a los terremotos y los picapedreros, el Coliseo siempre ha sido visto como un icono de la Roma Imperial y es uno de los ejemplos mejor conservados de la arquitectura romana. Es una de las atracciones turísticas más populares de la moderna Roma y aún está muy ligado a la Iglesia católica romana, por lo que el papa encabeza el viacrucis hasta el anfiteatro cada Viernes Santo.

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