Colosseum

Colosseum

Date  72-80 CE

Movement Roman


The Colosseum was originally commissioned by Vespasian as a way to win favor with the public but was later inaugurated by his son, Titus. Eighty entrances devised of barrel vaults led audiences of nearly 50,000 to their seats within. Tuscan columns grace the lower vaults, while Ionic and Composite columns grace the next levels and engaged Composite columns line the top level. A maze of walkways would have allowed for an easy flow of traffic. Seating arrangements were clearly defined in sections according the audience’s class.