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  • Mini-Colosseum of 'Gladiator' Emperor Found

    08/16/2013 12:37:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The Roman emperor Commodus might have cultivated the skills showcased in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film “Gladiator” in a personal miniature Colosseum on his estate near Rome. Archaeologists from Montclair State University, in New Jersey, believe that a large oval area with curved walls and floors made of marble is, in fact, the arena where the emperor killed wild beasts, earning the nickname “the Roman Hercules,” as recorded in historical writings. Found in Genzano, a village southeast of Rome which overlooks Lake Nemi, a crater lake in the Alban Hills, the oval structure measures 200 feet by 130 feet and dates...
  • Archaeologists Unearth Britain's Own Miniature Coliseum

    05/17/2005 3:04:52 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 938+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 5-17-2005
    Archaeologists Unearth Britain's Own Miniature Coliseum By Emma Gunby, PA Archaeologists have discovered evidence of Britain’s own miniature Coliseum, it was revealed today. The two-tier stone built structure, in Chester, which dates back to 100AD, hosted gladiatorial contests, floggings and public executions. Experts say the amphitheatre is the only one of its kind in Britain and the new evidence proves that Chester must have been an important site within the Roman Empire. Dan Garner, senior archaeologist for Chester City Council, said: “Previous findings have suggested that the amphitheatre was a two-tier structure, but it was always believed the second tier...
  • Mini Collosseum or Amphitheathre Discovered Under Rome's Airport

    02/27/2010 2:51:06 PM PST · by wildbill · 18 replies · 630+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Oct. 2, 2009 | Rosellla Lorenzi
    Beneath Rome's Fiumicino airport lies a "mini-Colosseum" that may have played host to Roman emperors, according to British archaeologists. The foundations of the amphitheater, which are oval-shaped like the much larger arena in the heart of Rome, have been unearthed at the site of Portus, a 2nd century A.D. harbor near Ostia's port on the Tiber River. A monumental seaport that saved imperial Rome from starvation, Portus is now reduced to a large hexagonal pond on a marshy land owned by a noble family, the Duke Sforza Cesarinis. The two-square-mile site has been known since around the 16th century, but...
  • Patriarch of the Maronites, to prepare texts for Way of the Cross, at the Colosseum

    01/29/2013 2:34:59 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | January 28, 2013
    Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai and Pope Benedict XVI January 28, 2013. (Romereports.com) Cardinal Bechara Rai, the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, will be in charge of preparing the texts that will be read during Good Friday's Way of the Cross ceremony, at the Colosseum.    It's a way to thank Benedict XVI for his recent trip to Lebanon, where he called for peace and prayed for all the Christians in the Middle East, who are going through this period of instability.  At this point, two youths from Lebanon will take part in preparing the texts for the ceremony....
  • First Pisa, now Rome's Colosseum - it's leaning

    07/29/2012 1:44:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/29/12 | Catherine Hornby
    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, ... 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...
  • The Ivy League of Ancient Roman Gladiator Schools

    06/27/2012 11:17:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jun 22, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    The Ivy League of Ancient Roman Gladiator Schools If you got sent back in time 2,000 years to ancient Rome, you probably wouldn't want to choose a career as a gladiator. After all, it was a messy existence, with a fairly low life expectancy. But if you were up to your eyeballs in debt, or wanted a chance at fortune or fame, you could break in at the top, by going to gladiator school. And four different Roman gladiator academies rose above the nearly 100 others, to become the best of the best. At these schools, you'd learn specific fighting...
  • Italy: Colosseum to be restored this year

    06/02/2010 5:07:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 474+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | March 5, 2010 | AKI
    One of Italy's most popular landmarks, the Colosseum will undergo restoration this year as part of a 40-million euro revamp of historic sites in the capital Rome. The city's mayor Gianni Alemanno announced the restoration on Friday after presenting plans for Rome's latest bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. "The restoration is part of a larger strategic development plan," Alemanno told reporters in Rome. Rome previously hosted the Olympic Games, officially known as the games of the XVII Olympiad in 1960. Alemanno last year promised to conduct restoration work on the Colosseum beginning in April 2010 to mark the...
  • Way Of The Cross At The Colosseum: Address Of His Holiness Benedict XVI

    04/12/2009 4:38:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 243+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | April 10, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters,At the end of his dramatic Passion narrative, the Evangelist Saint Mark tells us:  “The centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, and said: ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’” (Mk 15:39).  We cannot fail to be surprised by the profession of faith of this Roman soldier, who had been present throughout the various phases of the Crucifixion.  When the darkness of night was falling on that Friday so unlike any other in history, when the sacrifice of the Cross was already consummated and the bystanders were making haste to...
  • Pope leads Good Friday procession in Rome's Colosseum

    04/06/2007 6:46:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 494+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 6, 2007 | Gina Doggett
    Pope Benedict XVI led a torchlit procession at Rome's Colosseum on Good Friday, the most sombre day of the Christian calendar commemorating Christ's crucifixion, as tens of thousands of pilgrims looked on. Holding flickering candles cupped in coloured paper, they massed around the ancient Roman arena as the 79-year-old leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics carried a simple cross during the first and last portions of the Way of the Cross procession. At the end, the pope addressed the throng, standing beside a giant cross made up of dozens of flaming candles that had overlooked the solemn observance...
  • Rome's Coloseeum lights up in death penalty protest

    01/07/2007 12:11:53 PM PST · by TheDoctorNoh · 36 replies · 1,085+ views
    Brietbart.com ^ | Jan. 6, 2007 | AFP
    Rome's Colosseum lights up in death penalty protest Jan 06 5:00 PM US/Eastern The Colosseum in Rome was illuminated evening as part of Italy's campaign for a global moratorium on the death penalty following the bungled hanging of Saddam Hussein. Following an initiative by the Italian capital's left-wing mayor Walter Veltroni, the arches of the world-famous 2,000-year-old Roman era stadium were lit up as night fell. In attendance were members of Italy's libertarian Radical Party, whose 76-year-old leader Marco Pannella began a hunger strike on December 26 in support of the moratorium. Italian politicians were unanimous in their revulsion over...
  • American Family Vacation Italy - Rome, Venice, Milan Spring 2006

    06/19/2006 2:32:40 PM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 20 replies · 4,458+ views
    Personal letters home to US friends and family | Monday June 19th, 2006 | schwing_wifey
    Here we go yet again. This time we were off for a week in Italy - Rome, Venice, and Milan with our Rick Steve's Travel Guides in hand. Of all the places we've been so far, the books paid off handsomely in Italy. And next to the Swedes up in Kiruna, the Italians are some of the nicest Europeans we've met to date. No wonder so many Americans were there at the same time as we were. We land in Rome in the evening and catch a cab to the hotel. What can you say about Italian cab drivers? After...
  • Thousands contemplate the saving power of the Cross during Way of the Cross in Rome

    04/15/2006 6:11:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 286+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 14, 2006
    This Good Friday at night, in the Roman Coliseum, the place where numerous Christians  suffered martyr in the first centuries of the Church, became again this year the Via Dolorosa, were thousands of faithful lead by Pope Benedict XVI meditated on the destructive power of sin and the saving power of Christ’s Cross. The meditations and prayers of the Way of the Cross were prepared this year by the Vicar General of his Holyness for the City of the Vatican, Archbishop Angelo Comastri. At the onset of the way, the text of the prelate was read, in which it affirmed that “as we follow...
  • Pope to Preside Over All Holy Week Services - Schedule Includes Way of the Cross at Colosseum

    03/31/2004 3:30:30 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 248+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 30, 2004
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II plans to preside over all the Holy Week services, including the Easter Vigil celebration and the Easter Sunday Mass. According to the program published today by the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, the services will begin on Palm Sunday this weekend, with the diocesan-level observance of the 19th World Youth Day. At 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Square, the Pope will bless the palms and olive branches and, at the end of the procession, will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Passion. On Holy Thursday, April 8,...