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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 ...


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KEYWORDS: byzantineempire; coliseum; colosseum; gladiator; gladiators; letthegamesbegin; romanempire; rome; thegames
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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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