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The magnificent Roman Colosseum
  TITUS 79-81

79 AD - Vespasian's death and succession.
After a decade of stability under his rule, Vespasian dies. His son Titus is named emperor. Mount Vesuvius erupts for the first time since prehistoric times, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under a rain of volcanic ash. Pliny the Elder dies when he is suffocated by toxic gasses released by the volcano.

80 AD - Colosseum completed.
The Colosseum, started by Vespasian in 72 AD, is completed by Titus. It holds more than 50,000 spectators. The games held at its inauguration last for 100 days and nights, during which time some 5,000 animals are slaughtered.
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