"... In order to entertain as many as possible people with elaborate spectacles, Roman engineers invented a new design: the two-sided (Greek amphi-) enclosed theater.The APX is one of the few places north of the Alps, where the fascination of this once colossal structures becomes noticeable.Major public events such as the amphitheater fights and circus chariot races were by far the most popular entertainment for much of the population. The big amphitheaters in Rome and the provinces were regularly filled to the last seat when people and animals in the arena fought to their deaths. Even emperors like Marcus Aurelius, who despised the cruel demonstrations, found themselves obliged to fulfill their duty as hosts of the "games".From the vivid descriptions of ancient authors, we know that people flocked to the cities from near and far on event days to watch the spectacles. It was no different in Xanten, where the amphitheater was built in the extreme eastern corner of the Colonia, to keep noise and dirt as far away as possible from the densely built residential areas. The open space around facilitated access for the masses of visitors. The capacity of the amphitheater corresponded with about 10,000 places in about the population of Colonia ... "apx.lvr.de/de/lvr_archaeologischer_park/rekonstruktionsbauten/amphitheater/amphitheater.html
August 13, 2018
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