A few months ago I went on a college trip to Italy and it was awesome! We stayed in a top classy hotel located in Rome and visted some of the many wonders of their city. Some of these were the trevi fountain, a beautiful, serenic fountain which stood at about 85 feet tall!
Also, going to see the Vatican city and climbing the 500 steps of st.Peters church (not really that difficult to my suprise). Truely, magnificant.
However one of the structures which fascinated me the most was the Colliseum i.e. the torn building and its history of what went on inside. For one this was orginially known as the 'Flavian Amphitheatre' the largest in the centre of Rome. It was first begun to be constructed under Emporer Vespasian in 70AD and finished in 80AD.
This was a type of entertainment staduim for the people of Italy back then and within it took place gladitorial shows that hosted, usually, two people in a fight and animal hunts i.e. the venatio where selected candidates avtively hunted animals within the staduim such as lions and tigers. Also, chariot racing where gladiators would be mounted on to a chariot run by horses. These type of entertainment can go on as there are many others.
However, it made me wonder how this does link to the modern interests shown by people in the 21st centuary. What I mean is gladiator battles can be easily compared to something like wrestling such as the WWE where, unfortunelty, we enjoy watching people fight and watch them suffer. And hunting? many people would do this today for money but even then there are those out there who do it just for fun. truthefully, this is wrong but it does happen animals are still hunted for pleasure sometimes.
And finally I compared chariot racing to Formual 1 racing as both contain scenes of hectic entertain where the drivers of the chariot or F1 car sometimes do crash and burn.
I found this interesting because it makes me realise that we are still very similar to those people back in 70AD, as we still enjoy the same things just our ways of practicing has changed. It really does make you wonder if humans really do evovle since we havn't changed in the last 1000 years only changed the way we do things.
But overall, I would love to go back to Italy again as the air is much cleaner there than it is over here in England and most defnitly go back the Colliseum and learn more about the people who entered it during its time period. And I hope others enjoy the wonder fo Rome as much as I did.