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The Colosseum of Ancient Rome

Today, the Colosseum is a ruin. Thousands of years ago, it was a place where Romans could watch events and talk. But the Colosseum was not all fun and games. It was the center of many horrible killings.

The Colosseum was built by the emperor Vespasian as an amphitheater for entertainment. Vespasian built it over Emperor Nero's huge lake, behind the Forum in Rome. It was made out of thousands of limestone blocks that were cut from the quarry and dragged to Rome. The construction took eight years, and was completed in A.D. 80. Vespasian's son, Titus, opened it to the public after Vespasian died.

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