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Roman Colosseum Timeline
Daniel Mueller (2023)
10 months ago
72 AD: Vespasian begins construction of the Roman Colosseum on the site of Emperor Nero's Golden Palace. World's largest Roman Amphitheater (620'x513') seating 50000 spectators, built 3 stories high out of stone and concrete.
80 AD: The Roman Colosseum is officially opened by Titus with a 100 day gladiator spectacular
110 AD: First documented martydom in the Colosseum of Rome, that of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop of Antioch
404 AD: St. Telemachus is martyred in the Colosseum of Rome
422: The Colosseum of Rome is damaged by earthquake
508: The Colosseum of Rome is damaged by earthquake again
523 AD: Last recorded animal games in the Colosseum of Rome
730 AD: First reference to the Flavian Amphitheater as the "Colosseum" by the Venerable Bede
68 AD: Emperor Nero commits suicide.
79 AD: Eruption of Mount Vesuvius; destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
315 AD: Addition of Arch Constantine near the main entrance to honor Constantine I’s victory over Mentius at Pons Milvius
Starting in 1990’s AD: Restoration to be leading attraction for tourists.
68-69 AD: Civil War.
69 AD: Period of the Four Emperors: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian.
69 - 96 AD: Flavian Dynasty; Vespasian (69-79 AD), and his sons Titus (79-81 AD) and Domitian (81-96 AD). Promotion of public welfare.
72 - 80 AD: Construction of Roman Colosseum.
500 - 1800 AD: Neglect and serving as quarry for other buildings
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