Amphitheater, Pompeii

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    Things to See: Amphitheater and Palaestra

    by goodfish Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    Pompeii's amphitheater was built about 70-80 BC and is the oldest yet discovered. Smaller than the more famous version in Rome, this oval-shaped arena had no underground facilities but did have a similar canopy system for shielding spectators from the elements. Close by is a huge square (palaestra) with three-sided portico that was used for exercise and sports exhibitions. Just as in Rome, this amphitheater's purpose was hosting "man vs beast" contests and gladiatorial battles - one creating so many casualties from a riot among fiercely competitive spectators (soccer game, maybe?) that activities here were banned until everyone settled down.

    A bit of trivia: Pink Floyd filmed a cinema concert here in 1971.

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    Explore Pompii

    by lauraherrmann Updated Jan 22, 2011
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    Exploring Pompii will take some time (a lot of time) .
    I wish I had had at least 8 to 12 hours to check out all the streets and buildings .
    This is still a active dig site, so you never know what they will find.

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    The Amphitheatre

    by Evenith666 Written Mar 25, 2010

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    The 20,000 capacity Amphitheatre in Pompeii is definately one of the must-see's during your visit. Standing in the middle of the arena, you can almost taste the blood and sweat of the competetors, and when you walk through the tunnels its impossible not to imagine the gladiators taking what could very well have been their last ever journey.

    It is the oldest surviving Roman Amphitheatre, and was the first to be built out of stone. The next Amphitheatre to be built out of stone would be the Colleseum, over a hundred years later.

    Two of the interesting events in its history; one occured in AD59, when a deadly brawl kicked off between Pompeiian locals and visitors from Nuceria. This resulted in the games being banned for ten years.

    The other notable event occured much more recently when, in 1971, Pink Floyd performed there for their DVD Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.

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    The Amphitheatre and the Palestra

    by azz8206 Updated Aug 25, 2009

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    The big Amphitheatre is located is at the southwest corner of Pompeii next to the Palestra. You are not allowed inside the arena or the palestra, not when I was there anyway, which was a quite a drag. Around the theatre is a good place to rest your feet with plenty of places to sit and plenty of trees to shade you from the hot sun.

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    Amphitheater

    by roamer61 Written May 5, 2009

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    The oldest known amphitheater of the Romans, it was built between 80-70 BC and had a capacity of 20,000. Early in design, one can study it and later ones built during the Empre, and see the advances in architectural design and engineering. The usual games were enjoyed here by the people of Pompeii, gladitorial fights, mock hunts and the such.

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    Anfiteatro

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 18, 2009

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    In the east side of the town there is the anfiteatro (in English, Amphitheater). It is th oldest and best preserved amphitheaters in the world. It was built in the 80B.C. by the duumvirs Caio Quinzio Valgus and Marcus Porcius. It has got an elliptic shape and it is 135 meter long and 104 wide and held over 10,000 spectators.
    The auditorium is divided into three sectors: the ima cavea (front row) for important citizens, and the media and summa, higher up, for everyone else.
    A velarium, or awning, was often spread over the stands to protect spectators from the sun. The building was used for gladiator battles. In 59 AD, a violent riot broke out between ‘fans’ from Pompeii and Nocera, and the field was 'disqualified' for 10 years.

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    by Balam Written Oct 23, 2007

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    The amphitheatre at Pompeii is the earliest known permanent stone amphitheatre in Italy (and the rest of the Roman world). It was constructed after 70 BC, and belongs to the period of the Roman conquest and colonisation of the town.

    An inscription says that two local officials, Quinctius Valgus and Marcius Porcius built the amphitheatre at private expense. These men would have expected this act to enhance their personal power and prestige, and it is known from graffiti found throughout the town that gladiatorial games were extremely popular.

    The amphitheatre could seat around 20,000 people, and served not only Pompeii but also the inhabitants of surrounding towns. In AD 59, there was a riot in the amphitheatre, in which spectators from Pompeii and the nearby town of Nuceria fought each other, with the result that the Emperor Nero banned games at Pompeii for a period of ten years.

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    the amphitheatre

    by doug48 Written Aug 1, 2006

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    pompeii's amphitheatre was built in 80 BC, the year that the romans took over the city. the amphitheatre could hold 20,000 spectators. the amphitheatre was used for sporting events, gladiatorial contests and wild animal fights.

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    Amphitheater...

    by Dutch1980 Updated Feb 5, 2006
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    This is considered to be the world's oldest known amphitheater. About the size of a modern football stadium, it had a seating capacity of 12,000 spectators. It was here in 59 A.D. that a riot broke out during a competition with a rival city. The death of many spectators caused the Roman Senate to forbid any games in the Pompeii Amphitheater for the next 10 years.

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    Amphitheatre

    by Willettsworld Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    Built in 80 BC, this is one of the oldest and best preserved amphitheaters in existence and held over 12,000 spectators. A velarium, or awning, was often spread over the stands to protect spectators from the sun. The building was used for gladiator battles.

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    by orlandom Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    The Amphitheatre 20.000 People could be seated in it's 3 tiers and would attend bloody shows performed by Gladiatores and wild animals. The pompeiiam Ampitheatre is classed as the oldest of all existing buildings of it's kind. No shows where held in the amphitheatre in the winter monthes and in the summer a canopy of dark flax material was fitted above the seats to protect the audience from the sun. It was in realy good shape and was pretty big

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    by kazander Updated Jun 30, 2004

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    The largest theater in Pompei or the Great Theater was built about 80 B.C. The arena is partially sunken , the seats are built into the earth. They were reached by external staircases. It used to be a place where Gladiator games were held, when i visited they were preparing it for a music concert!

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    Amphitheater

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 12, 2004

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    Toward the back of the complex (if entering from the Porto Marina entrance), lies the massive amphitheater. I especially liked this place, not in small part because you can enter and walk around where the gladiators or other contestants did back then.

    The audio guide said this was the world’s oldest known amphitheater, so I am guessing it was right. Its smaller than most modern stadiums that we think of today, with only a capacity of 12,000 people. Games were ended here in 59AD, when a massive riot broke out at a competition of neighboring cities. Kind of like Premiership League soccer games, I would guess.

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    by stephenshephard Written Oct 23, 2003
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    I think this must be the most intact Roman amphitheatre in the world, certainly that I have seen, and of course it was the scene of the riot of 59 AD.

    Climb the rows of seats to the top for fantastic views of Vesuvius.

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    Ampitheatre

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    The ampipheatre was the main reason for our return to Pompei - we didn't see it the first time around on our honeymoon trip back in 1985 and I was disappointed - so it was a main target the next time around. This ampitheatre is the oldest known Roman one, and held nearly 12,000 people. Some of the benches still have numbers on them - for seat reservations!

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