The Colosseum is undoubtedly one of the greatest building I have seen, nestled in culture and in folklore with religious orders claiming their martyrs were slain there
Nothing speaks louder about the glory days of the Roman Empire than the Colosseum; situated in the North-East Corner of the the ancient central Rome, it shadows the similar Odeons and Amphitheaters in both grace and magnitude.
Dismally out of preserve, compared to era buildings, it has suffered looting and earthquakes. Probably the best thing that happened to it in the modern era is the movie “Gladiator.” Which has increased the rigor of the tourism industry, and revived the scenery in the minds of visitors.
It is interesting to note that the Colosseum was never duly cleaned, nor was it studied as closely as, say, the pyramids for example. It was the capital of Western Imperialism for centuries and it has remained misunderstood. Though recent finding have realized there is always more than meets the eye.
I can’t not compare the Colosseum to the surviving theaters of its era.
Jerash, being the local example, has a great theater that still hosts large concerts. Many Odeons and Stadia also survive the era in good condition.
However, compared to the Amphitheaters, it is a resounding example of how the continuity of civilization and empire facilitates the longevity of culture and architecture.
Compared to the large and grand amphitheaters of the era, in Tunisia, Eastern Europe and the Iberian peninsula, it is still one of the best maintained and most noteworthy of visit. There are of-course many well-kept amphitheaters in France, the UK and Italy, which further proves the association between civilization and imperialism on the one hand and the resources for study andconservation on the other.
This grandiose enterprise in empire was funded almost exclusively because of the sacking of Jerusalem. The empire not only used the funds from Jerusalem’s Jewry, but also used tens of thousands of them as slaves to help build it.