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Architecture of the ancient Roman Empire is considered one of the most impressive of all time The city of Rome once was home to more than one million residents in the early centuries AD1 The Romans had a fine selection of building monuments in the city of Rome including the forums for civic services temples of worship and amphitheaters for recreation and play The Romans made great use and pioneered great architecture mechanisms including arches columns and even mechanical elements in pulleys and early elevators However when one tends to think of great buildings one building stands out in Rome This building is the Flavian Amphitheatre or better known as the Colosseum When discussing such a great monument such as the Colosseum it is very important to realize the time place and culture in wish it stood to fully understand both its form and function In the beginnings Rome was both influenced by the Etruscans of the North and Greeks of Italy and South but had its basic roots from a long time of Samnite domination2 The Etruscans were that of an interesting type as described by Peter QuennellThe Etruscanscombined a passionate devotion to the ordinary pleasures of life with a haunting fear of death They were cruel too and deeply superstitioustheir victims were ordered to fight among themselves until the last had fallenThe Etruscans would have a strong impression in Roman lifestyles and philosophies For example the purple robe worn by leaders would be later adopted by the Romans They also were the influence which brought gladiatorial battles of sacrifice into the Roman culture This was a time of blood thirsty humans who loved the site of battle Even an early christian named Alypius proclaimed that he took away with him a mad passion which prodded him not only to return to gladatior events with those by whom he had first been forced in but even ahead of them and dragging in
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