The Colosseum (also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre) is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of Rome. and is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Construction began in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80. The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and it was used for gladiatorial contests, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, dramas based on classical mythology, and even mock sea battles (as the centre could be flooded).
The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era, but was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine. Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
Variable edition of 8 – orange (5) and yellow (3)
Size – Image 190mm x 255mm, Paper 250mm x 350mm
Price – £50 framed, £30 unframed
Printed 8th March 2017