Essay On Roman Amphitheatre

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Emmett Peña
Mr. Bray
Roman History
March 26, 2018
The Roman amphitheatre was a large structure, also known as the colosseum, used to provide entertainment for the Roman people such as gladiator games, mock naval battles, wild animal hunts, and public executions. The amphitheatre was an oval shaped building and it could seat thousands of people. It became one of the main sources of entertainment for the Roman society, becoming a profitable entertainment business. The format of the amphitheatre evolved from the time of the ancient Greeks to the Romans around the time of 80 BC. Entertainment in the Roman era was very important to them and they took it very seriously, many of the amphitheatres built then are still used today,
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