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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Rome 678

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 the larger part of it yet remains to show us the shape-

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Looking down into the Arena we tried to imagine ourselves a part of the gay and be-jewelled Roman audience which so many times viewed from those highths the terrible scenes of carnage below.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The arena itself was about three hundred feet long by two hundred feet wide and I can scarcely believe the story that at Trajans triumph three thousand men fought at once in a naval combat.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 It is said that upon its completion under Titus the inaugural gladiatorial combats lasted one hundred days and that five thousand wild beasts were slain. Blood thirsty wretches-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 In AD 404 an eastern monk Almachius or Talemachus rushed in to separate the combatants, when he was slain by the order of the Praetor Alypius-

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The sitting and standing room for spectators would accommodate nearly an hundred thousand-

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The building was in good order during seven hundred years-

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 In AD 405 Honorius abolished gladiatorial combats as inconsistent with christianity permitting only wild beast and bull fights-

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Now, on every Wednesday at three oclock the devout make a pilgrimage to the little chapel within-

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Near the upper cornice was a a [sic] colonnade where the sailors stayed to attend to the sail-cloth roof when the sun was too hot. The ropes were passed through the walls and fastened to masts which were held by the stone projections still to be seen.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 As we were

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 [-Trinita de Monte-]

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