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Roman History A Brief Review

Blood, Bread and Circuses Entertaining the Roman Mob

Outcome 4.5 Daily Life in RomeOutcome 4.8 Causes to explain the decline of the Roman EmpireDaily Life in Rome5% of the population of Rome hoarded most of the wealth of the Empire.Reliance on slaves for daily chores, meant much of the population was idle.How do you keep the majority of people from causing problems, because of the horrid conditions in which they led their lives?Daily Life in RomeSolution: Keep them entertained!The heart of Rome is the sands of the Colosseum

The Colosseum Continuity and Change

Arena of BloodThe Colosseum was built in the 1st century AD, during the reign of Vespasian and his son, Titus.

Also known as the Flavian Ampitheatre

45,000-50,000 spectators would fill the Colosseum almost on a daily basis! Festivals, parties and deathThe Roman calendar was filled with state-sanctioned holidays.By the time of Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, there were 175 days of games in the Colosseum nearly half of the year dedicated to festivals.The simple way to control the Roman Mob feed them and entertain them!Gladiators the EntertainersRoman version of modern day sports figures -- amplified!

GladiatorsThe Roman spectators in the Colosseum enjoyed being reminded of Roman conquests and loved any gladiatorial fights that provided some sort of novelty, such as foreign armor, weapons and different styles of combat. The spectators loved a spectacle - costumes and different types of armor helped to provide this.

The Circus Maximus

The Circus Maximus Today

Building of the Colosseumhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOylD1KC6kc&feature=related

Evidence -- Ancient Rome Today

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