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All Roads Lead to Rome – Part 1

There is simply no denying the importance of the History of the city of Rome, once the home to one of the most world changing empires that we’ve ever known. To this day they are still remarked on as the “bringers of civilisation” to much of Europe. Their reach was vast, conquering not just Europe but parts of Africa and Asia as well. It should then come as no surprise so many are still so fascinated by the Romans and though there are pieces of their past littered all across their once owned territories nowhere is surely as steeped in their history than the centre of their universe, the city of Rome itself. The city almost feels like a museum itself, having something to see on ever corner it seems. If you are interested in Ancient Rome, and though this may seem obvious, there is so much for you to see. The ruins here are still in excellent condition considering they’re around 2000 years old. These are the biggest examples of these sites that you simply must see.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that whilst in Rome you absolutely have to see the Colosseum. This place was an extremely important part of Roman culture and tells us so much about what people considered as entertainment back in the day. Construction first began on this humongous amphitheatre somewhere between 70 and 72 CE we believe, it was built under the order of the Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty. This is thought to have been a move to impress the populace, giving back lands to the people that had previously been taken by Emperor Nero around 64 CE. Vespasian died in 79 and so the Colosseum was completed by his son, and Rome’s new Emperor Titus in 80 CE. It was around that time that the inaugural games were held in which according to the historian Dio Cassius an astounding total of 9000 wild animals were killed, the games lasted for 100 days and involved all sorts of different forms of entertainment.

It’s perhaps most famous for hosting gladiatorial battles and these were an important part and much loved event of the entertainment scene, in fact there were also gladiator schools built nearby, one of which you can still visit and plays host to re-enactments of training sessions and battles. Animal hunting was also very popular, if you hadn’t already guessed. Wild animals would be brought to the arena and fought by soldiers and gladiators alike. Perhaps the most impressive event that may have took place are the naval battles. Supposedly the arena would be flooded with water and ships would battle, likely using bow and arrows, javelins and other means of early sea bound warfare. As well as all this it would have been home to plays and the acting out of famous battles and stories. You’ll learn all about these things and much more when you visit this marvellous piece of history.