7 Wonders - Colosseum

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7 Wonders - Colosseum - Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Although now commonly known as "The Colosseum", the building does have a more formal name. What is it?

    • A.

      The Flavian Amphitheatre

    • B.

      Trajan's Forum

    • C.

      The Circus Maximus

    • D.

      The Theatre of Marcellus

    Correct Answer
    A. The Flavian Amphitheatre
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Flavian Amphitheatre. The building commonly known as "The Colosseum" actually has a more formal name, which is The Flavian Amphitheatre. This name refers to the fact that the Colosseum was commissioned by the Flavian dynasty of emperors in ancient Rome. The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Roman architecture and was used for various public spectacles, including gladiatorial contests and other forms of entertainment.

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  • 2. 

    Which Emperor ruled when building on the Colosseum started?  

    • A.

      Domitian

    • B.

      Titus

    • C.

      Vespasian

    • D.

      Nero

    Correct Answer
    C. Vespasian
    Explanation
    Vespasian is the correct answer because he was the Emperor who ruled when building on the Colosseum started. Vespasian became Emperor in 69 AD and initiated the construction of the Colosseum, which was then completed by his son Titus in 80 AD. Domitian, Nero, and Titus were all later Emperors who had no direct involvement in the initial construction of the Colosseum.

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  • 3. 

    The Colosseum is built on ground originally appropriate by which hated Emperor for his palace?

    • A.

      Nerva

    • B.

      Octavian

    • C.

      Galba

    • D.

      Nero

    Correct Answer
    D. Nero
    Explanation
    The Golden House of Nero was built in 64 AD, following the great fire of Rome. Vespasian reclaimed the land for the people, which proved to be a popular move amongst the citizens of Rome.

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  • 4. 

    How many spectators is it estimated that the Colosseum could hold?

    • A.

      100,000

    • B.

      50,000

    • C.

      60,000

    • D.

      75,000

    Correct Answer
    B. 50,000
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 50,000. The Colosseum, located in Rome, Italy, is estimated to have had a seating capacity of around 50,000 spectators. This ancient amphitheater was used for various events, including gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, and mock naval battles. Its large capacity allowed for a significant number of people to gather and witness these spectacles. Today, the Colosseum remains a popular tourist attraction, showcasing the architectural and historical significance of ancient Rome.

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  • 5. 

    What was the original purpose of the spectacles performed in the arena?

    • A.

      To honour the dead

    • B.

      To commemorate military victories

    • C.

      To mark the proclamation of a new emperor

    • D.

      All of these

    Correct Answer
    A. To honour the dead
    Explanation
    The original purpose of the spectacles performed in the arena was to honor the dead. These spectacles were a form of entertainment in ancient Rome, but they also had a deeper significance. They were often held as part of funeral ceremonies to commemorate and pay tribute to deceased individuals. The spectacles included gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, and other performances that were meant to entertain the audience while also serving as a way to honor and remember the dead.

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  • 6. 

    One impressive feature of the Colosseum was the "velarium". What was this?

    • A.

      An awning to provide shade for the spectators

    • B.

      The series of tunnels underneath the arena

    • C.

      The entrance to the arena

    • D.

      The emperor's box

    Correct Answer
    A. An awning to provide shade for the spectators
    Explanation
    The "velarium" was a feature of the Colosseum that served as an awning to provide shade for the spectators. This was an impressive feature as it allowed the audience to watch the events in the amphitheater without being exposed to the harsh sunlight. The velarium was a massive retractable canopy made of canvas or sailcloth that could be extended or retracted as needed. It was suspended from a network of ropes and poles, creating a shaded area within the Colosseum. This feature enhanced the comfort of the spectators and made their experience more enjoyable.

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  • 7. 

    When was the construction of the Colosseum completed?

    • A.

      75 BC

    • B.

      80 AD

    • C.

      150 AD

    • D.

      1200 AD

    Correct Answer
    B. 80 AD
    Explanation
    The construction of the Colosseum was completed in 80 AD. This iconic amphitheater in Rome was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in 70 AD and was completed by his son Titus. It took approximately 10 years to build, and the Colosseum was officially inaugurated with grand games and spectacles in 80 AD. The Colosseum is considered a remarkable feat of Roman engineering and architecture, and it continues to be a popular tourist attraction today.

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