Fun and games at the Amphitheater
The Romans were great sportsmen - they certainly made heroes of the great athletes of their time. No Roman "Sports Illustrated" would have been complete without a full account of the latest battles and massacres at the local amphitheater. Certainly the residents of Pompei were fortunate to have such a splendid facility to observe the spectacle of gladiators battling savage beasts and engaging one another in equally rough combat.
Equipment: bring sunscreen
Thank God this "sport" is now dead in it's original form. This is the Arena where Gladiators used to fight each other and lions... It is a smaller one, one of the best preserved in the world.
When I got in there chils went down my spine... Just imagine how much blood was spilled there for someones entertainment...
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The Pompeii Coliseum
Talk about Extreme sports! Much like the coliseum in the city of Rome, gladiators would "perform" here in a gruesome spectacle that often caused many deaths.
The Modern city of Pompei can be seen in the distance.
The Palestra Grande was a good place to do your gymnastics - or practice those "track and field" events Roman soldiers specialized in.
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