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First Pisa, now Rome's Colosseum - it's leaning
Yahoo! News ^ | 7/29/12 | Catherine Hornby

Posted on 07/29/2012 1:44:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

ROME (Reuters) - The ancient Colosseum of Rome, where gladiators fought for their lives, is slanting about 40 cm (16 inches) lower on the south side than on the north, and authorities are investigating whether it needs urgent repairs.

Experts first noticed the incline about a year ago and have been monitoring it for the past few months,

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Tests have also started to observe the effects that traffic on nearby busy roads may have on the monument.

Professor Giorgio Monti, from La Sapienza's construction technology department, warned there may be a crack in the base below the amphitheatre.

"The slab of concrete on which the Colosseum rests, which is like a 13-metre (yard)-thick oval doughnut, may have a fracture inside it," he told the newspaper.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Travel
KEYWORDS: colosseum; rome
looked fine last October..

one of these days tho a real bellringer will give it a good nudge.. gonna want to have a good camera in hand for that.

1 posted on 07/29/2012 1:44:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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An empty Fori Imperiali street in front of ancient Colosseum is seen in Rome during the Euro 2012 final soccer match between Italy and Spain July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini


2 posted on 07/29/2012 1:46:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
They just didn't build stuff to last.... ;)

/johnny

3 posted on 07/29/2012 1:50:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just in - The Colosseum lies on Bush’s fault.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 1:52:34 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: NormsRevenge

Heard that early in the AM, the City of Rome has rocks trucked in and dumped near the Colosseum. This is so tourists don’t eventually take all of the Colosseum one rock at a time.


5 posted on 07/29/2012 1:52:46 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Nothing lasts forever.


6 posted on 07/29/2012 1:55:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NormsRevenge
So who gets the blame for this one?

George W. Bush?

The Catholic Church?

Maybe Israel. (Maybe Vespasian's Jewish prisoners of war deliberately sabotaged the construction of the Colosseum A.K.A. the Flavian amphitheater.)

7 posted on 07/29/2012 1:57:37 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: NormsRevenge

Several years ago I saw on the news that a French town had severe flooding. The water destroyed all 11 bridges in the town except one.

That one was built by the Romans. They had an unbelievably sound system of construction.


8 posted on 07/29/2012 1:59:00 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama to Romans: they didn’t build that!


9 posted on 07/29/2012 2:04:32 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

bttt


10 posted on 07/29/2012 2:08:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: reaganaut

Ooh, look! A stray building! It needs love...


11 posted on 07/29/2012 2:16:33 PM PDT by mrreaganaut (Coolidge 2012!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Time to mudjack it.


12 posted on 07/29/2012 2:22:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: mrreaganaut

We already own 4 stray buildings, dear. No more.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 2:23:43 PM PDT by reaganaut (VAB! Voting against both Romney and Obama.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hide the incline...


14 posted on 07/29/2012 2:24:39 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Start looking for world-wide, but especially here in the US, “Save the Colosseum” fund raisers. Italy, as a country, is running on empty in the pocketbook. Formerly known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium in antiquity, I am enough of a historian to be willing to donate a few denarius [denarii?] to such a cause.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 2:25:18 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I wish we had more time , it seemed like there was something around every corner that had been there for a long long time, the Vatican, Pantheon, Forum and riding a double decker for two days wiped us out.. could have used a week at least.. all build w/o union bosses. ;-]


16 posted on 07/29/2012 2:29:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Built by the same contractors who built the wood arena at Fidenae?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidenae

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=173216


17 posted on 07/29/2012 2:32:12 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Verginius Rufus
So who gets the blame for this one?

They will divide the bill between the USofA, Great Britain and the Germans since we fought over Rome during WW2. Since the USofA and the Germans are the richest, they will bill us and lets us fight over the check. Of course we will have to borrow from the Chinese for our share while still paying into the IMF, World Bank and other Eurocentric beneficiaries.

So Lucius, do you wish our President had followed your namesake and refused power? "Hic situs est Rufus, pulso qui Vindice quondam Imperium asseruit non sibi sed patriae."

18 posted on 07/29/2012 2:42:12 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Quamdiu stat Colisæus, stat et Roma; quando cadet colisæus, cadet et Roma; quando cadet Roma, cadet et mundus.


19 posted on 07/29/2012 2:46:26 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: JRandomFreeper
They just didn't build stuff to last....

Heh. Tell me about it. The engineers obviously screwed up their soil analysis.

20 posted on 07/29/2012 3:28:08 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: SES1066
Blame the Goths (because of the sack of Rome in 410)--the Germans can foot the bill.

Verginius Rufus was qualified to be emperor but didn't want the job. Exact opposite of the current president.

21 posted on 07/29/2012 3:34:28 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: NormsRevenge
I've been in Pisa and don't remember there being a colosseum there.

A friend told me he was once in Verona and wanted to find how to get to the local amphitheater (one of the best-preserved ancient amphitheaters). So he asked a local "where is the Colosseum?" The guy looked at him as if he were crazy and replied, "in Rome."

22 posted on 07/29/2012 3:37:41 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: BfloGuy
To be fair, they had to build a 13 ft deep foundation slab without rebar.

/johnny

23 posted on 07/29/2012 3:39:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Exact opposite of the current president.

Total agreement!

24 posted on 07/29/2012 3:48:51 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: NormsRevenge

My house is settling, too. They just don’t build things like they used to.... oh, never mind.


25 posted on 07/29/2012 4:09:41 PM PDT by bgill
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To: NormsRevenge

Is it leaning to the left?


26 posted on 07/29/2012 4:11:50 PM PDT by Pit1
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To: NormsRevenge

Bury some soaker hoses around the outside. Learned that this weekend along with “No, you don’t pound the sharp end of the nail.”


27 posted on 07/29/2012 5:09:40 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: GlockThe Vote

“Obama to Romans: they didn’t build that!”

Tsk


28 posted on 07/29/2012 5:16:07 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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