Historic Sites of the Roman Empire

COLOSSEUM

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On all of the things you can see from the Roman Empire in the city of Rome, the best of the best is definitely the Colosseum, who also acts today as the starting point of the ruins of the ancient culture, being just in front of the Roman Forum and then the Circus Maximus. As you may see, one of the halfs of the Colosseum survived for milleniums. This is where the entrance is and by the way, it closes at 3:30 PM, so it’s better to get there in the morning to get sure you’re gonna enter. This huge place was built in order to give bloody spectacles to the people, in a strategic move from the emperors to maintain the peace in a society that was quite violent (like almost every society at those times). It was probably better explained by Game of Thrones: “if you don’t give people entertainment, they will get it themselfs”. Paradoxically, after hundreds of years of gladiators killing each other on the famous arena, the Colosseum was then used by the Catholic Church. It is still used today by the Pope on the ceremony of the Good Friday every year. Here’s the Colosseum on HD:

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ROMAN FORUM

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Unlike the Colosseum, the Roman Forum only keeps just the columns, some foundations, and the rrocky roads. Therebefore, the atmosphere is different. Though this place was like the Downtown of the old city of Rome, it feels today as if you were walking through a park. In front of this place, the small Middle Age catholic churches who surround it seem so unimportant. That’s a privilege that only Rome has. The Roman Forum originally was a square with the most important market of the ancient city. Surrounding it , there also were some significant buildings like the Temple of Vesta and private residences, the area of Umbilicus Urbis Romae who served as a center of the city, and other temples and statues. This is a brief on this place:

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS

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It is today just a flat land of nice green grass with some surviving columns on the side. However, the Circus Maximus managed to be the second biggest complex for public spectacles of Rome. It was a big racing stadium for chariots, though it was also used for public events. Always present on the Roman Empire, a lot of blood ran through this place due to the presence of the gladiators (as you may see, it wasn’t just limited to the Colosseum). My personal advice to you is to first watch the epic movie Ben Hur before you go to the Circus Maximus. You will get a better idea of how the placed worked in its golden era.

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