Good morning, we are now going to explore Rome’s greatest monument: The Colosseum. The run time for this documentary is 1:28:18 and is called Colosseum: The Whole Story.
The Colosseum was Rome’s greatest monument. However, it is now under threat. A team of restorationists and historians come together to save the Colosseum. It was where heroes were made and then broken. Many came to witness the drama that took place within its wall. Beneath and grime, secrets are being revealed. What can this restoration tell us about the Colosseum? What will the restored Colosseum look like?
Rome was the center of the greatest empire in the world and the Colosseum was the center of Rome. 2000 years after it was built, the Colosseum is going to undergo repairs. However, the Colosseum’s repair and restoration are not without controversy because it is a partnership between public and private organizations. Restorers carefully strip away the grime and reveal the colors underneath. Centuries of pollution and grime are taking their toll on the ancient monument.
However, there is a three-year, twenty-five-million-Euro restoration project going on. Its goal is to restore and repair the Colosseum for future generations. It takes time and care to remove the grime. Restoration artists and scientists are learning new things about the Colosseum as the dirt is removed. Cinza Conti is overseeing the project and it is a huge task. The Colosseum will be washed and repaired.
The controversy with this project comes with its private funders. Diego Della Valle is the man who is helping fund the restoration. He owns a luxury shoe brand. He had a dream as a young boy to see it restored. He was inspired by a school field trip to see the Colosseum restored. He is happy to lend a hand to help restore it. Many people across Italy are looking to donate to help contribute to restoring other monuments other than the Colosseum. Critics cite that if there are private donations, the donors may use the images of the monument as part of their company advertising. Diego Della Valle wants to give back to his country and would not dream of using the Colosseum in advertising for his company.
The next section sights other Colosseum-like structures that have been restored and are used by the public for events. The Colosseum-like structure in Verona is one such example of being restored and the public using it for events. The restoration of these amphitheaters looks at how the Colosseum was built. Even the underground areas of these restored amphitheaters show where the gladiators and animals stayed before they fought their battles. The first step was to clean the Colosseum carefully and slowly. After the layers of grime are removed, archeologists can take a look at what the Colosseum would have looked like in Roman times.
The Colosseum was home to the gladiators and their battles. Not every gladiator battle leads to death. Gladiators needed to be kept alive to fight another day. Some referees managed the games and the public wanted to keep their favorites alive.
Rome was the last city to get a Colosseum. It was the project of ambitious emperors who wanted to give the populace the games. Rome had expanded rapidly under previous emperors. The city’s growth was chaotic until the great fire under Nero. Nero was able to implement town planning. Nero built a grand palace in the heart of the city. When he was deposed, the space in the city’s heart was torn down to wipe Nero’s influence away and it was the place where the Colosseum would be built. Emperor Vespasian when he became Emperor found Rome’s coffers empty and started taxing the public toilets.
The next section of this documentary talks about the materials that were used to build the Colosseum. A type of limestone was used and Cinza Conti talks about the limestone. The limestone is extremely hard and polishes up like marble, even though it holds water. What else will historians and restorationists learn about the Colosseum? Tune into the rest of this episode to find out more.
Wow, wow, wow, this is an in-depth look at the Colosseum. It was very well done and it was interesting to see the process of restoring the Colosseum. This would be a good documentary to show for both a history class and a STEM class.
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