Gladiator and Beast Areas Under the Roman Colosseum to Open

Posted May 27th 2010 01:37 PMUpdated May 27th 2010 02:02 PM

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Visitors to Rome will soon be able to tour underground areas where gladiators prepared for fights and lions and tigers were caged, The Associated Press is reporting.

Underground passageways at the ancient Roman Colosseum are being shored up to make sure they are safe, and tours are expected to begin to these spaces in late summer.

Architect Barbara Nazzaro told Associated Press Television News that the beasts held in these spaces (also including bulls) were brought up to arena-level on rope-hoisted elevators. Elephants appeared in the arena too, but they entered through the main gates.

Bloodthirsty crowds would enjoy a day's entertainment at the Colosseum (which opened in 80 A.D.) that included watching a hunting show, executions and gladiators squaring off against each other, Nazzaro said.

According to Rome's official Office for Tourism, the underground basements also included storage and "service" rooms. Four corridors under the main entrances connected the basements to outside areas including the main barracks of the gladiators.

No exact date has been set for the underground tours to begin.
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Jo Groenewoud

We don't have to dwell in history, but one thing is certain we mustn't forget past lessons to enrich our future and repeat past mistakes.

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June 01 2010 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeffrey

never been there.. but would be cool to go. esp to see these new tunnels.. might be kinda cool.

May 28 2010 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bazel

You don't really need to look at the past to know right from wrong... Do You? Those who take pleasure in another's pain are pretty sick... and watching violent killings is the height of sickness. Be present... period. Sociopaths will not get this.

May 28 2010 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wenlay

Wow get a life. Sure history is important. We need to know who we were or rather who we are today. The important part is who we are going to be. What we are going to do about making sure our lives , our childen, etc.. are even better. Cure Cancer, enviromental issues, making sure we take time to enjoy life and family. Most of all live with god by your side.

May 28 2010 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkatk

did you hear about the happy roman? He was glad he at her.

May 28 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Coco

Yay!!!!!!!! So, glad I put off that trip to Rome. A once in a lifetime trip made even more exciting!

May 27 2010 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Armando

Any ads that appear on blob sites aren't worth the ink to write them

May 27 2010 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WILLIAM SOWLES

A friend of mine found a Roman coin in the Colosseum dating from the time of Nero.

May 27 2010 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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craniguy

William, you do know that Nero died before the colosseum was built?

May 28 2010 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shelly

Craniguy. Nero died 12 years before the colosseum was open. It is very possible for a Nero coin to be found there. In fact coins of Claudius, Nero, Vespasian or Titus would be among the most common ancient coins to be found there. People used coins of Nero, or any emperor, during the time they were Emperors and continued to use them for another 400 year. Coins much older then Nero have been found in the colosseum. They didn't start melting coins to make new ones until very late in the Roman Imperial rule. If you were in a building made in 1980 you could find coins made in 1970s or older. That would hardly be unusual.

May 28 2010 at 4:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yeehaa

Every time anti-America on line makes changes it's for the worst. We can't critize a corrupt president but we can have advertisements on a story about the colosseum. Why bother aol

May 27 2010 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BILL

Criticism can be posted about Bush and Cheney all you want..... seems their ties to big oil stayed there giving bp and other companies the leeway that culminated in a disaster that you idiots are trying to blame on Obama.... So amazing how you want "less government" but wonder why the government is not doing more about a private business problem. Talking out of both sides of your mouths. Why don't you organize and get people to stop buying gas from BP until they get something done.

May 28 2010 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wowza

Wow, I was looking for a wonderful gift for graduation so I thought to myself "I should read an article about the Roman Colosseum hopefully they give some good links for shopping" Do you realize I am being sarcastic because I am laying it on pretty thick for you!

May 27 2010 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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