A vividly illustrated guide-cum-history to Rome’s most famous – and most visited –ancient monument, with full details of how it was constructed and how it operated in its heyday. Colosseum details the complex construction of this archetypal amphitheatre, how it influenced other arenas around the Empire and explains the central role it played in the life of the ancient city. Other chapters outline how the massive masonry structure survived centuries of depredation and neglect after the fall of Rome, and reveal its very recent partial restoration. There is also a useful guide as how and when it is best to visit it, avoiding the hottest and most crowded times.

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