The Colosseum was a glorious showcase of the mighty Roman Empire attracting
kings and travellers, paupers and princes to its fantastic shows.
The Colosseum itself is a marvel of engineering and ingenuity. For
centuries, historians have wondered about the mysterious secrets
of the Colosseum: How was this magnificent structure built? How
did the Romans stage magnificent shows from gladiatorial
combats to mock sea battles, when the Colosseum sits in a valley
that is hundreds of miles away from the sea? How does the amphitheatre
stand intact centuries after it was made?
Channel will unravel the mystery on its show Unsolved History:
The Roman Colosseum on 8 December at 8 pm.
The programme reveals the secret behind the magnificent shows hosted
at the Colosseum. An underground basement called the Hypogeum, served
as the command center for the Colosseums incredible stage
shows. The Hypogeum had two floors, which were linked to the arena
above by a network of human powered elevators.
The architectural ingenuity of the engineers who built the Colosseum
is par excellence, as nothing of this colossal size has ever been
built before or after. To understand the mother of all arenas, Unsolved
Historys team of experts recreated a virtual Colosseum, which
took a year, as the architectural complexity of the amphitheatre
overwhelmed the fastest computers. The team first deconstructed
this ancient masterpiece into smaller individual elements and then
recreated a virtual version.
For the first time ever, Unsolved History reveals the remarkable
engineering feat behind the staging of the legendary story of Naumachia,
a fierce naval battle fought over sea, that was enacted in the Colosseum.
Where did the Romans get four million gallons of water to recreate
a sea? And how did they drain so much of water?