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Gladiator Colosseum unearthed in Tuscany

November 12, 2015 | Comment icon 13 comments

The amphitheater would have been a smaller version of Rome's Colosseum. Image Credit: Cody escadron delta
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient amphitheater similar to the Colosseum in Rome.
Hailed as one of the most important finds of its kind in 100 years, the dilapidated foundations of the ancient arena were unearthed at a dig site in the town of Volterra.

In its heyday the impressive structure could have seated over 10,000 spectators who would have flocked there from miles around to watch gladiators and beasts fight in bitter duels to the death.

The Colosseum of Rome, by comparison could seat more than 50,000 people.
"The finding sheds a new light on the history of Volterra, which is most famous for its Etruscan legacy," said archaeologist Elena Sorge who has been heading up the excavations.

"It shows that during the emperor Augustusís rule, it was an important Roman center."

Despite the structure's size and significance however there is no record of it at all in historical texts.

"Itís puzzling that no historical account records the existence of such an imposing amphitheater," said Sorge. "Possibly, it was abandoned at a certain time and gradually covered by vegetation."

Source: Discovery News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Summerin1905 7 years ago
wow they actually had to dig to find this gigantic amphitheater that is awesome.
Comment icon #5 Posted by lightly 7 years ago
yup, cities do seem to bury, and build upon, earlier things.. ya, i guess so Taun, but still, the mindset involved to so thoroughly enjoy mass slaughter.. blows mine. I think you'd have to be nuts! *
Comment icon #6 Posted by SaltyChicken 7 years ago
Thats awesome!!!
Comment icon #7 Posted by KolchacktheNightStalker 7 years ago
While gladiator fights were dangerous, they werent as deadly as they get depicted in television. They were dangerous and deadly, but not so much for their time. And keep in mind, we have very dangerous sports around today with large amphitheatres.
Comment icon #8 Posted by lightly 7 years ago
^.. well, i guess i'm beginning to understand that but still, still, a Lot of gladiators died and some of the more popular crowd pleasers were mass execution of criminals and mass slaughters of animals, (hunts) and feeding people to animals.. i still say they had to be insane. :0)
Comment icon #9 Posted by KolchacktheNightStalker 7 years ago
Public executions were pretty popular until pretty recently. Last public executions was in the 30s. Half the reason people got to NASCAR is for the crashes. Things haven't changed that much.
Comment icon #10 Posted by lightly 7 years ago
unfortunately , i guess your substantially right ShadowStalker. ;
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado 7 years ago
A lot of popular TV shows have a format based on humiliating people.
Comment icon #12 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 7 years ago
Half the reason people got to NASCAR is for the crashes. Things haven't changed that much. That's a commonplace, but I think it may be so only because Our Betters look down on the NASCAR crowd.
Comment icon #13 Posted by AstralPhae 7 years ago
How wonderful.

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