Rome's Colosseum


Every thing to do with the Colosseum is monstrous. It's physical dimensions are huge, the millions of visitors it has annually, the quantity of building materials used, the bloodshed, man and animal that occurred in the arena, and I could go on.  

 The Colosseum is a magnificent structure, it looks circular but is actually elyptical. It's design strength comes in its columns and arches. 

The Colosseum is a magnificent structure, it looks circular but is actually elyptical. It's design strength comes in its columns and arches. 

 some of the ruins in the nearby Forum. 

some of the ruins in the nearby Forum. 

 the Colosseum is no longer complete, over the years a huge section was destroyed in earthquakes, and more recently air pollution and other 20 C problems have contributed to further damage. 

the Colosseum is no longer complete, over the years a huge section was destroyed in earthquakes, and more recently air pollution and other 20 C problems have contributed to further damage. 

 It has four major entrances and over 80 entrances in total. It once provided seating for up to 80,000 people. 

It has four major entrances and over 80 entrances in total. It once provided seating for up to 80,000 people. 

 Huge archway in the nearby Forum 

Huge archway in the nearby Forum 

 it is a stunning piece of architecture and considered one of the new 7 wonders of the world. 

it is a stunning piece of architecture and considered one of the new 7 wonders of the world. 

 Harri was there too 

Harri was there too 

 it probably will always be an archeological site of great importance. 

it probably will always be an archeological site of great importance. 

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 just some of the millions of visitors it receives annually. 

just some of the millions of visitors it receives annually. 

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When I was a kid, my parents became friends with a Jimmy Wild. I don't remember what he did but he was something like a stock agent or travelling salesperson for agricultural products. We would stay overnight with us. Us kids simply called him Wild, it was like his Christian name. Sometimes he would bring bags of Allens Sweets for us to share. On one occasion he gave me three small rocks, they would have been about 2 cm cubed. I still have them somewhere. Yeah, I know, I'm a hoarder and that has not been a problem until I moved to Tasmania. I simply have ALOT of stuff!! Wild told me that these rocks were from the Colosseum in Rome. And until today I though the whole Colosseum was constructed of stones no larger than my three little rocks.  

Childhood memories and imaginations can become urban myths?