Emperor Titus Holds Sports Spectacular

Emperor Titus celebrates the opening of the 50,000-seat Colosseum in Rome in 80 CE with a three-day event. Gladiators were featured on the first day along with a staged hunof 5,000 wild animals, including elephants, hippos, lions, and tigers. The second day included chariot races, horse races, boxing matches, and circus performances. The final day consisted of a flooded arena floor mocking a naval battle fought by 3,000 men. The contests and spectacles continued for a total of 100 days.

Date:
      80 CE
Name(s):
      Emperor Titus
Location:
      Rome, Italy

Additional Information:

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