Today, the Colosseum is one of the most frequently visited monuments in Rome. The ticket is combined with tickets to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and in early 2012 costs 12 euros. The ticket can be used for one entrance to each of the three sites, over two consecutive days.
Purpose of the Colosseum. The concept of the Flavian Amphitheatre, as it was first called, grew from the custom of wealthy Romans holding funeral games to honor the dead. ... Eventually the provision of the Gladiatorial Games were seen as a method to please the Roman gods and goddesses and avert Rome from disaster.
The Colosseum is damaged because of natural disasters, in particular, earthquakes. There have also been people throughout the ages who have broken away pieces of this great structure to keep as souvenirs. The Colosseum was built between 70 A.D. and 72 A.D. and took about a decade to build.
The Colosseum was the emperor's gift to the Romans. Without doubts it was not only an amphitheatre. It became a symbol of power and majesty of the emperor, Rome and Roman society. ... The symbolism of the Flavian Amphitheatre begins at its very location.
Severe damage was inflicted on the Colosseum by the great earthquake in 1349, causing the outer south side, lying on a less stable alluvial terrain, to collapse. Much of the tumbled stone was reused to build palaces, churches, hospitals and other buildings elsewhere in Rome.
The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.Jan 20, 2014
Today, the Colosseum is a common background in the busy metropolis that is modern Rome. Due to the ruined state of the interior, it is impractical to use the Colosseum to host large events; only a few hundred spectators can be accommodated in temporary seating.