WHAT WAS THE ENTERTAINMENT IN ROME USED FOR?
They watched slaves fight each other and slaves fight animals. They also did theater acting. But there wasn't much free time to do that. The slaves were called gladiators in the arena.
STORIES OF ROMAN ENTERTAINMENT.
Watching dramas/theatre, acrobatics, gladiators, jugglers, athletics, chariots races, sea battles, boxing, and animal fights were how they were entertained in Rome.
FAMOUS ROMAN ENTERTAINMENT.
One of the most famous buildings in Rome is the Colosseum. This building is now a major tourist attraction in Rome. In Ancient Rome it was also a major attraction for those who wanted to see the various events that were put on at this vast building. The Colosseum could hold over 50,000 people and the viewing public were well looked after by the authorities. The temperature in Rome in the summer could be very hot and the audience at the Colosseum was protected from the sun by a huge canopy that was put over the top of the stadium when needed
IS ROMAN ENTERTAINMENT STILL VIEWED TODAY?
Yes, from A.D. 75 through the present time, the Colosseum in Rome represents a lifestyle that we today are only able to study but never experience. Through findings in research, researchers have been able to compile facts and descriptions of the way the colosseum impacted the life of the Romans: it allowed their violence to show through their participation in the Colosseum games. These bloody spectacles caused Rome to stand as a symbol of not only strength and power but also violence. Even though Christianity began to diminish the games held in the Colosseum, it is still studied and modeled after today.
- Chariot races took place in the stadium (sometimes known as the circus). The stadium had a central platform (called the spina), and the crowd watched the chariots race around it.
- There were eight chariot circuses in Rome. There’s also the remains of one in Colchester, England.
- The chariots were incredibly light and travelled really quickly. Chariot racing was a dangerous sport and many injuries occurred to both the charioteers and the horses.
- The chariots were usually driven by slaves, and were pulled by between two and four horses.
- The Romans loved theatre and they enjoyed watching four different types of performance: comedies, farces, tragedies and pantomimes.
- The plays were performed in a theatre with a stage, and area for the orchestra and the auditorium (a semi-circular area where the audience sat).
- Only men acted in Roman times and and they often played more then one role per play.
- Simple costumes were worn to allow the audience to distinguish between different characters.
- The Roman amphitheatre was probably the key form of entertainment for the citizens of the Roman Empire.
- Rich and poor would pile into the amphitheatres of the Empire to watch gladiators fight each other, or to watch slaves fight wild beasts, or to watch recreations of famous battles, or to watch wild beasts fight each other. The Romans were very inventive and they came up with lots of different ways in which the crowd could get their fix of combat and bloodshed.