The Colosseum was Imperial Rome's monument to warfare.
Like a cathedral of death it towered over the city and invited its citizens, 50,000 at a time, to watch murderous gladiatorial games.
It is now visited by two million visitors a year (Hitler was among them).
Award winning classicist, Mary Beard with Keith Hopkins, tell the story of Rome's greatest arena: how it was built; the gladiatorial and other games that were held there; the training of the gladiators; the audiences who revelled in the games, the emperors who staged them and the critics. And the strange after story - the Colosseum has been fort, store, church, and glue factory.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/04/2011
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781846684708