LO: To read and comprehend a text about the Roman Colosseum.
The colloseum which is located in the heart of the city of Rome, stands as a monument and receives daily a large number of visitors attracted by the enchantment of its history and its complex architecture.
Built in the first century, the Colosseum, named after a colossal statue that stood nearby, used to accommodate games of great popular appeal, such as hunts and gladiator fights. The Colosseum is built right in the center of Rome, Italy. It is made up of stone and concrete, has about 80 entrances and could hold 50,000 spectators. It was built in only 9 years by almost 60,000 slaves
The building was, and still is today, a show in itself. In fact, it is the largest amphitheatre not only in the city of Rome but in the world, able to offer stunning sceneries as well as services for spectators. Today, the Colosseum is a monument to itself and showcases the works of human genius, which survive time; yet it is still comfortable and dynamic, accessible on two levels offering a wide view of the city from its outer arches.
It also hosts temporary exhibitions related to the timeless theme of the “Ancient”, as well as modern performances. This outcome of events and experiences makes the amphitheatre a new place every day, interesting for all and able to tell everybody a story.
1. What does the term ‘in the heart of the city’ mean?
2. In the first century, what was the colosseum used for?
3. Why is the colosseum so special today?
4. How many spectators can the colosseum hold?
5. Would you like to visit the colosseum? Why?