Fall of the Roman Empire by Photography  by Mathilde

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teatro Marcello, Rome, Italy — captured by NIKON D3000/Tamron lens 18mm – 200mm in RAW

The Theatre of Marcellus (Latin: Theatrum Marcelli, Italian: Teatro di Marcello) is an ancient open-air theatre in Rome, Italy, built in the closing years of the Roman Republic.

It was named after Marcus Marcellus, Emperor Augustus’s nephew, who died five years before its completion. Space for the theatre was cleared by Julius Caesar, who was murdered before it could be begun; the theatre was so far advanced by 17 BC that part of the celebration of the ludi saeculares took place within the theatre; it was completed in 13 BC and formally inaugurated in 12 BC by Augustus.

The theatre was 111 m in diameter and was the largest and most important theatre in Ancient Rome; it could originally hold between 11,000 and 20,000 spectators.

I made the mistake of adding the following information regarding the colosseum thinking that the shot was a close up of the colosseum and not the teatro Marcello – I think the facts are really interesting so I will leave then here

Colosseum Rome, Italy

1.) The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian dynasty, for Titus, his successor.

2.) Colosseum is an elliptical building measuring 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a base area of 24,000 m² with a height of more than 48 meter.

3.) It has about 80 entrances and can accommodate 50,000 spectators.

4.) Construction of this huge edifice started in 72 CE and was completed in 80 CE.

5.) In 847, the southern side of the Colosseum collapsed because of a devastating earthquake.

6.) The marble façade and some parts of the Colosseum were used for the construction of St Peter’s Basilica and later monuments.

7.) The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.

8.) During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered.

9.) In 107 CE, Emperor Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators within 123 days.

10.) It is estimated that the games played in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals.

11.) The last gladiatorial fights occurred in 435 CE and the last animal hunts stopped in 523 CE. It was primarily due to the cost of procuring animals and gladiators and maintaining the expensive facility.

12.) More than 100,000 cubic meters of travertine stone were used for the outer wall of Colosseum which was set without mortar held together by 300 tons of iron clamps.

13.) Colosseum was built near the giant statue of Colossus which was part of the Nero’s Park. The current name was derived from the statue of Colossus.

14.) Based on historical evidences, it shows that 200 bullock carts were used to transport marbles to the construction site.

15.) The total amount of marbles used for the construction of the Colosseum was estimated at 100,000 cubic meters.

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  • Janone
    Janone11 months ago

    Really a perfect capture and in B.W it shows its Beauty excllent. Thanks for you good description dear Mathilde. Fav..!

  • Many thanks Jan for a really great comment and fav – I am so pleased you like this- love Rome and I would live there if at all possible

    Mattie x

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • anaisanais
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  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassa11 months ago

    Great work in mono, it really adds age to the structure. Fave.

  • joak
    joak11 months ago

    great info an braw b&w shot pal

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    SunchiaMilic11 months ago


  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradour11 months ago

    Gosh Mattie I’ve been here but your B&W shot really give it depth, & a very dramatic feel. great work

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen201211 months ago

    16) Captured beautifully by Photography by Mathilde :)
    Beautiful work Mattie – a sure fav.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belaj11 months ago

    Wow1 Fantastic capture!

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