THE COLOSSEUM OF ROME
Italy

 

World's Greatest Arena

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We who are about to podcast salute you! Titus comes back for one more round as he unveils his father's masterpiece: the Flavian Amphitheater, a.k.a. the Colosseum. The stadium on which all future stadia have been based is a magnificent creation, site of gladiatorial combat, public executions, and emperors giving thumbs up and thumbs down.

 

Dr Peta Greenfield of the Partial Historians podcast drops by to talk about Vespasian, Titus, and the gladiators themselves.  We discuss visiting Rome, gorging on gelato, and the joys of exploring the living city.

 

The recipe is bruschetta, the perfect appetizer of which you've probably only had disappointing versions.  Not this time, my friends.  Not this time.  Salvete!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
 

Cassius Dio. Roman History

Dennison, Matthew.  The Twelve Caesars: the Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome

Lonely Planet Guide to Italy

Matyszak, Philip.  Gladiator: the Roman Fighter's (Unofficial) Manual

Meijer, Fik.  The Gladiators: History's Most Deadly Sport

Rick Steves Italy

Suetonius. The Lives of Twelve Caesars

Tacitus. The Histories

 

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