Colosseum Building Blocks

  • Posted 01.22.15
  • NOVA

The most distinctive symbol of ancient Rome is the Colosseum, a massive undertaking completed in just several years due to a clever innovation: repeating Roman arches.

Close
Running Time: 02:04

Credits

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2015

IMAGE CREDITS

(main image: Colosseum's arches)
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2015

Related Links

  • Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

    1500 years ago, how did the Romans engineer bloody spectacles and reenact sea battles?

  • Watering Ancient Rome

    Peter Aicher, author of "Guide to the Aqueducts of Ancient Rome," marvels at the Romans' elegant civil engineering.

  • A Gallery of Roman Mosaics

    Behold a trove of extraordinary pebble floors rescued from the ancient site of Zeugma in Turkey.

  • Roman Catacomb Mystery

    Who or what killed hundreds of people hidden in a burial chamber nearly 2,000 years ago?