Pompeii: Amphitheatre + Riots

An overview of the amphitheatre at Pompeii and the riots that happened there.

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  • Created by: Holly
  • Created on: 08-05-12 15:39

Amphitheatre Plan


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Amphitheatre Facts

  • Located in the south-east corner, next to the large exercise ground (used by gladiators)
  • Capacity of 15000 people
  • Oval shape and rows of seats above the centre gave everybody a good view
  • Gladiators had special living and training barracks
  • Most common shows were gladiator fights and wild beast hunts
  • Games were usually paid for by a sponsor 
    • to gain popularity
  • The seating arrangements at the amphitheatre said something about the hierarchy of ancient society
    • leading citizens and councillors (rich men) > military men > normal men > women
    • there was a gap between expensive and cheaper seats
  • External staircase leads to upper rows
  • The games were excellent business as well as social opportunities
  • The amphitheatre was damaged in the earthquake of 62AD but there were signs of repairs, with inscriptions stating who paid for them
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Riots at the Amphitheatre Painting

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Riots at the Amphitheatre Facts

"It arose out of a trifling incident at a gladiatorial show....During an exchange of taunts—characteristic of these disorderly country towns—abuse led to stone-throwing, and then swords were drawn."

-  Tacitus, Annals (XIV.17)

  • Occurred in 59AD
  • Pompeian spectators clashed with spectators from Nuceria
  • Many people were killed from the fighting
  • The Emperor became concerned and after an investigation banned Pompeii from holding games for 10 years, the sponsor was sent into exile
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Cheers! XD

Becca Samosa

The capacity was 20.000 not 15,000. There was 15,000 people living in pompeii and 5,000 extra seats at the ampitheatre. This provided evidance that they were poplar as people from neighboring towns came to watch like Nuceria for example.

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