Into the Depths

February 13, 2013

Take a walk into the heart of barbarity and spectacle, in the recently re-opened bowels of the Roman Colosseum. A tour through this twisting maze will bring you up close and personal with the design and machinery behind the awe-inspiring spectacle that was the pinnacle of Roman entertainment. You'll encounter a marvel of engineering, complete with lift cages meant to raise captive wild animals into the arena, the various gates and mechanisms that allowed gladiators to spring into action on a moment's notice from hidden hiding places, and even the drainage canals used when the arena was home to staged naval battles - complete with flooding the arena floor so boats could move about! Home to men who trained ceaselessly in the arts of death and theater, the now-open hypogeum (Latin for underground) offers penetrating insights into the brutal yet fascinating world of Roman recreation.

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