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Author: Infobase,; PBS (Firm)
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : PBS, New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, [2015] 2018. ©2015
Series: NOVA: Building Wonders.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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One of the ancient world's most iconic buildings, the Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. But this building is more than just an architectural giant; in its heyday it was filled with unbelievable spectacles and 50,000  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Internet videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Infobase,; PBS (Firm)
OCLC Number: 1082878360
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally released by PBS, 2015.
Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on December 04, 2018.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (53 min., 12 sec)) : sound, color.
Contents: Introduction: Colosseum—Roman Death Trap (2:24); Massive Spectacle (4:02); Colosseum's Hypogeum (3:42); Why Was the Colosseum Built? (4:18); Ancient Roman Lift (3:40); Amphitheaters (2:22); Lift Construction (2:29); Colosseum Decorations (2:30); Inaugural Games (1:50); Flooding and Draining the Colosseum (4:16); Problems With the Lift (5:58); Gladiator Remains (4:42); Wolf in the Arena (9:51); Credits: Colosseum --
Roman Death Trap (1:01);
Series Title: NOVA: Building Wonders.
Responsibility: PBS.

Abstract:

One of the ancient world's most iconic buildings, the Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. But this building is more than just an architectural giant; in its heyday it was filled with unbelievable spectacles and 50,000 cheering fans. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners, and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles to the delight of the crowd. Could these legends be true, or are they just myth? Now, with extraordinary access to one of the world's most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers are teaming up to recreate ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum's arena for the first time in 1,500 years. To do it, they will have to decipher ghost-like impressions left on the crumbling walls of the Colosseum's basement by the original lifts and then transform them into working plans for construction. Do they have what it takes to replicate the innovation and ingenuity of the Romans?

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