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Design of the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum

'The Roman Colosseum'

History, Facts and Information about Design of the Colosseum

The design of the Colosseum was created to strike awe into anyone who saw this great building. It was a symbol of the power of Rome and its emperors. Its classical design features, reminiscent of classical Greek architecture was meant to convey that Rome was also a great and civilised nation... 

'State of the Art' Design of the Colosseum
The Design of the Colosseum applied the latest in Roman arts, engineering, architecture and other creative endeavours. The invention of concrete enabled this massive building to be built quickly, efficiently and to great effect. All of this was done to the highest artistic standard and in a highly skilled manner.

Building the Colosseum

Design of the Colosseum - for Purpose and Effect
The plan and design of the Colosseum was created for specific roles and effects. Its main role was to provide a permanent purpose-built arena in the centre of Ancient Rome for staging various forms of entertainment for the Ancient Romans. The Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world, seating up to 80,000 Romans. The design of the massive, breath-taking structure conveyed the culture, wealth, might and power of the city of Rome and the Roman Empire.

Classical Design of the Colosseum
The Classical Design of the Colosseum is reflected in the rows of arches at each of the levels. The first level consisted of 23 ft high and 14 ft wide Doric "order" or style arches, the second level was designed with 21 ft high and 14 ft wide Ionic arches and the third level 21 ft high and 14 ft wide Corinthian style arches. See Roman Archesfor a full description of these designs and styles. The design of the Colosseum displays a natural progression from sturdiest and plainest arches (Doric) at the bottom, to slenderest and richest arches (Corinthian) at the top.

Design of the Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum included a design feature of a retractable awning called the Velarium which provided cover and shade to the spectators. The Design of the Colosseum was later extended to incorporate a hypogeum consisting of a two-level subterranean network of tunnels and vertical shafts providing instant access to the arena for animals and scenery. Click the following link for details of the Dimensions of the Colosseum.

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