The great amphitheater that we know as the
Roman Colosseum was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian around 70-72 AD. Like any big stadium, it was for the public’s
enjoyment, where folks could watch various games. Except the games were quite different at times
from the kind of games we watch these days. Today the crowd is thrilled when a ball flies
through the air, back in the ancient Roman days at times that object might have been
someone’s freshly severed head. This bloody entertainment enthralled the crowds
and these games were sometimes said to be the “bread and circuses” that pacified
the masses and directed their energy away from life’s difficulties. Today we’ll look at just how far the Romans
went in entertaining the often bloodthirsty people, in this episode of the Infographics
Show, The worst things that happened in the Roman Colosseum . As Steven Pinker writes in his book, “The
Better Angels of our Nature”, the past was brutal at times. Today we eat pizzas that come in boxes decorated
with the Roman Colosseum , says Pinker, hardly thinking about the total depravity that happened
in there. And so, if tomato sauce drips onto the print
of the amphitheater on your pizza box, it’s fitting in a way, as the place was often soaked
in human and animal blood. Pinker writes that large audiences would cheer
when naked women were tied to a stake, physically violated, and sometimes ripped apart by wild
animals that the Romans had acquired. A man acting the part of Prometheus would
be tied to a rock, but the myth got real when a trained bird would actually rip out his
liver. The crowd was delighted! People fought to the death, and the fight
wasn’t always fair. Pinker reckons about half a million people
died horrible deaths inside the Roman Colosseum . But let’s see what others say. Thrown to the beasts Live Science tells us that the Romans had
a contraption that these days we call a seesaw. This was called a “petaurua” and it was
said to raise the people sitting on it about 5 meters (15 ft) into the air. Now, that’s not such an exciting game, but
of course the seesaw was only the beginning of the entertainment. What would happen next is wild animals, such
as bears, wild boars, leopards and lions, would be let into the arena, sometimes through
trap doors so it looked as if they came from nowhere. The men, both naked and with their hands often
tied together, would bounce frantically so as not to be the man on the ground. Oh, what fun. It was easy pickings for the starving animals,
who would in the end rip both men apart. But part of the enjoyment was putting a bet
on which guy would last the longest. For the spectators this was quite the spectacle,
as entertaining as the Superbowl or the World Cup is to people now. Believe it or not, this spectacle known as
“damnatio ad bestias” was just the half time entertainment between the other games. It happened to men condemned to death, a capital
punishment, often handed down to runaway slaves, criminals, and enemies of the state. To think people now get Justin Timberlake
for the halftime show. When we say we “get thrown to the beasts”
this is taken from something that literally used to happen. Did anyone ever survive this? Well, there are stories, but who knows. One such tale says that a slave called Androcles
was thrown to a lion, but the lion didn’t want to eat him, or even nibble. This wasn’t because the lion was full that
day, but because the slave said he had met the lion while in North Africa and pulled
a thorn from its paw. What goes around, comes around. The terrible Emperor Commodus This emperor was known as a bit of a megalomaniac
and he would often go into the arena to fight in front of the crowds. Except of course the fights were not fair
and he always won. You probably know him as being the bad guy
in the movie “Gladiator.” As the fights were not fair, the Roman people
were not too keen on them, but they had no choice but to cheer lest they die a horrible
death themselves. It’s said Commodious slaughtered 100 lions
(some say bears) in the colosseum. He decapitated a helpless giraffe, also an
ostrich, which can’t be hard seeing as he had a lot to aim for. He killed many other wild animals, too. As for humans, he would fight them in the
arena but always spare their lives. This was seen as him having a better side,
but in private it’s said he would finish his competitors off. Possibly his worst feat was to take people
in the arena that were missing feet due to accident or illness, and then slay them all. Commodus didn’t much like disabled people
or people born differently from how he expected people to look. Another of his spectacles was to scour Rome
for dwarfs, arm them with cleavers and let them fight to the death. The recreation of myths Steven Pinker wrote that people would be sent
into the arena to play the part of mythological characters, such as Prometheus. He was a trickster type of Titan who created
man from clay, gave him fire, and pretty much defied the Gods in doing so. His punishment was to be tied to a rock for
eternity, except each day would be Groundhog day and an eagle, really Zeus in animal form,
would rip out his liver. That liver would come back the next day and
the scene would take place ad Infinium. The Romans would play this out with a trained
bird, according to Pinker, while other sources say the man’s stomach would be cut open
and any number of wild beasts would come and feast. He didn’t get to do it again the next day
like in the myth though. The Smithsonian writes that the myth of Orpheus
would also be played out. Orpheus was kind of like one of those people
on the cover of Jehovah Witness Watchtower magazines, as he could sit among wild animals
and feel only love from them. In fact, it’s said he could charm anything
that lived just by playing music with his lyre. The Romans put a little bit of a dark bent
on this story when it was reenacted in the coliseum. Instead of charming the wild animal with his
lyre, the man playing Orpheus would be ripped to shreds by a wild bear. We are not sure if this was supposed to be
ancient Roman satire. Just slaughter The Smithsonian tells us that at times the
entertainment didn’t involve much human blood being spilled, rather the fun was just
slaughtering wild animals – the more exotic the better. This was because showing the people what strange
animals they had found symbolized just how powerful the Romans were. They could travel to distant lands and bring
back prizes that looked like monsters to the public. These animals didn’t have a chance as they
were up against “venatores”, the best Roman hunters dressed in lots of armor and
holding long spears. The favorite animals to be killed were anything
with big teeth, such as lions, tigers and leopards. But other slaughter included elephants, bears,
ostriches, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and giraffes. The Smithsonian writes that emperor Titus
had 9,000 animals killed in the arena. Emperor Trajan had 11,000 of these wild beasts
killed. Women Too One of the great spectacles, for some people
at least, was to see women fighting to the death. This didn’t happen anywhere near as often
as men were forced to kill each other, but it happened. As the women were usually weaker, they might
be pitted against a dwarf, each armed with a club or a knife. Sometimes the women were highly trained gladiators,
at other times they were just victims being harshly punished. “And sometimes it chanced that someone had
specified in his will that the most beautiful women he had bought must fight among them,”
wrote Nicolaus of Damascus. Septimius Severus banned women fighting in
200 AD. Squashed Another form of animal-related capital punishment
was being squashed to death by an elephant. Historian Alison Futrell wrote in her book
“Blood in the Arena” that army deserters would sometimes be marched into the arena,
after which an elephant killed them by sitting on them. It’s written that getting elephants, or
other wild animals, to fight or follow orders in front of thousands of screaming people
was not easy. Imagine training a bird of prey to rip out
a liver! To do this, they had to be trained by what
were called “bestiarii”. The word also meant the people who would be
fighting with the animals. There was even a school where people were
trained to fight with these beasts, called the bestiariorum. I’m not going in As you can imagine, the prisoners that were
about to be sent to a horrid and painful death were not keen on dying this way in front of
cheering spectators. So, many took their own lives before they
were sent in. It’s written that there was a mass suicide
of Saxon prisoners. 29 men strangled each other before they could
be killed by the beasts. Roman historians wrote that one man thrust
his head into a moving cart wheel, breaking his neck, a better way to go than being eaten
alive by a lion. Another man forced a toilet sponge down his
throat and choked himself to death. Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote
about that, saying, “What a brave fellow! He surely deserved to be allowed to choose
his fate! How bravely he would have wielded a sword!” If you’ve read this philosopher, you’ll
know part of his philosophy is about accepting life’s hardships and looking death straight
on. Easy for him to say, he never experienced
the prospect of being chewed on by a hungry bear. Carpophorus It’s said that this bestiari was one of
the best animal fighters ever seen in the arena. The story goes that he fought and killed 20
wild beasts in one day. It’s also said he was a bit of a Dr. Doolittle
and was a great animal trainer. Some historians say this might not to be true,
but there are sources that tell us he would train wild animals to violate women. He did this by waiting until female animals
were in heat and then collect that smell which makes them attractive to the male of the species. He would then rub that on female slaves and
the spectacle of an animal, even a giraffe, violating a woman in the arena would be greeted
with loud cheers from the crowd. In the book, “Those about to die” it is
written, “Carpophorus used up several women before he got the animals properly trained
– with a bull or giraffe the women didn’t usually survive the ordeal.” Apparently, such a spectacle was to represent
myths, as the God Zeus was said to have done such things when he had taken the form of
an animal. So, do you think you could stomach the Roman
Colosseum and its grotesque attractions? Would you rather kill yourself than be subjected
to that in front of jeering crowds? Why do you think people enjoyed this, what
kind of mindset did they have? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other episode
called Why Living During The Middle Ages Sucked. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

The Worst Things That Happened in the Roman Colosseum

100 thoughts on “The Worst Things That Happened in the Roman Colosseum

  • November 23, 2018 at 9:46 am
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    Imagine the Romans had social media back then… What do you think their posts would be like? #fridayfun #thecolosseum

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  • June 20, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    Romans where evil I think the people now in rome are so more normal

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  • June 20, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    Romans where evil I think the people now in rome are so more normal

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  • June 20, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    Romans where evil I think the people now in rome are so more normal

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  • June 20, 2019 at 10:01 am
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    Seneca had to face prospects that were worse… And was tutor/adviser to Nero. He was eventually suicided by him

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    That's insane. What kind of demons were they.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    My jaw is like😱

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  • June 21, 2019 at 7:57 am
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    Everybody gangsta until the liver eating bird breaks out of its cage

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  • June 21, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    h

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:18 am
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    Find midgets, give them cleavers, and have them fight. WTH, LOL.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 8:52 am
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    Wish I lived back then. I'd pay to see this live.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    I’ve been to the Coliseum in Rome twice. Unfortunately people have been trashing the place — sites such as this should be treated with respect — and so by the second time they had guard rails everywhere to control the crowds. Too bad because it really changed the look and feel of the place.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    The Infographics Show just watched a person use a rack! 10/10 suggested

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  • June 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    There was a rule “no killing” in contests. Look it up.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    This is all wrong movies made people think this it would acactually be fights like boxing 1 in 10 people died there were refs you would fight till the ref says or till they tap out no animals no slaves they had trainers and they were celebrities

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  • June 24, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    I’ve been there. It’s kinda creepy to stand on the spot where so many people/animals died

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    "see saw contraption of death as a half-time show"
    still better than justin timberlake

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  • June 26, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Look at the time line! The en is 911!

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  • June 28, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    This is satire its gotta be

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    It’s obviously horrible what they did, but I’m guessing they just seen it as the same way we treat movie gore, just entertainment, Just a lot more…real.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    9:11 Coincidence? I think not.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Are you using drawing cartoons for your animation?

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  • July 1, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    1. Narancia's death

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  • July 2, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    Did you know that this actually didn’t happen. They didn’t fight to the death because they were so well trained and they didn’t want to lose them.

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  • July 2, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    Just more undeniable proof that humans are and always have been the absolute epitome of utter disgusting filth. The planet and animals that live here don't deserve any second the way us animals treat this place, them and one another.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    In Rome
    Gladiators: fights with weapons
    Parents: hey I can’t see the bloodshed! Get outta way son!
    Now
    Son: talks back at Parents
    Parents: cellphones….

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  • July 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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    Some people survived the Coloseum and were crucified instead.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Person in the coliseum:
    * dies horibly*

    Espectators:😂😂😂😆😆😆😆😂😂

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  • July 4, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Poor animals

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  • July 7, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    "The Worst Things That Happened in the Roman Colosseum"

    Narancia going near the fence.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    These people are just ancient Italians

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  • July 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    Hipotamosas I am dying 🤥😂🤣🤣🤣🤣😂🤣

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  • July 9, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Would of loved to have seen the women event.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    You put the wrong Em-Phass-Uss on the wrong SIL-ABBLE for practically every name in this video

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  • July 13, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Actually. Fights to the death were frowned upon and killings were often accidentally caused. As gladiators were very expensive. It was often fights to the yield unless it was Damnatio ad Gladiatorae or Damnatio ad Bestias death by gladiator or animal

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  • July 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    None of this actually true. No lions. Certainly no death. It was more like a sport.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    And to think you can just walk up to this building now…. humans are insane lol

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  • July 22, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    You know what the Colosseum isn't very bad. Because the people would be executed or torchered anyway. So might as well make it a show with an audience.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    How can you keep a comment "respectful " when commenting on the Roman Colleseum?????

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  • July 26, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    People who believe in gods are weird af religion does nothing but cause hate amongst each other.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!?!?!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Roman gladiators were satisfying to watch

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    So basically the Roman coliseum, was the ancient romans way of playing Mario party?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    People enjoyed that because they’re evil and still do enjoy it. The torment of others they enjoy now is just virtual now. Social media, dark web, gory movies. People still love that stuff. Inherently evil.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    SERVUS GLADIO NECAT!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    And today people get hurt when their feelings are hurt

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    What a pile of bu….it!

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  • August 3, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    All monsters are human

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Ever heard of sound balancing? Look it up

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Ever heard of sound balancing? Look it up

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Ever heard of sound balancing? Look it up

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Ever heard of sound balancing? Look it up

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  • August 9, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Man those Spectators are horrible people laughing at people dying

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    Psalms 11:5. Enough Said.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    The video is 9:11 long

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    I wonder how many videos I’ve watched on YouTube. It scares me 😂

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    Stomach it? I’d cheer out loud

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    Am happy am not a Roman rip all people died and animal

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  • August 18, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    To think about that makes us seem weak now

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  • August 19, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    I'm glad that Rome has fallen.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    Wait, they had toilet sponges at the colosseum?

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    Bro said “Hypotimuses”😭😂

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    He forgot the one where Caligula dragged the whole front row to be eaten because they ran out of slaves before his favorite event

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    It's a wonder we made it this far.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Psychopaths

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  • August 25, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    They were psychos!

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    actually, fights to the death between humans in the colosseum would be a myth, and you have to spare them, at costs.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    Honestly things haven't changed. crowds cheering and watching back then ..the only difference now is that the crowd has cellphones in there hands screaming Worldstar!! Smh

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  • September 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    You mean
    GOLDEN EXPERIENCE REQUIEM ?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Fun fact: they also had warship battles in the colosseum, these were usually re-enactments of real warship battles that happened. Yes, people died, they usually knew who was gonna die before the battle happened.

    They also fed Christians to lions which in turn actually made Christianity even more popular.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    Enemies of the state A.K.A Christians!…. The pope knows he's fake

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Only 410 kids will remember

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    This is incredibly inaccurate. In the roman republic battling to the death was near unheard of. And when augustus became emporer he flat out outlawed death matches. And chariot racing was the most popular sport in rome.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    bruh

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    The Worst Things that Happened in the Roman Colosseum: Death of Bucciarati, Narancia and infinite death for bossu (in his POV only).

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    You forgot to add the fact that everyone changed bodies in 2001 and a red guy wanted to sell drugs to kids.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Pay per view. 👍

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  • September 14, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    4:28

    That "liver" would come back the next day lol

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    I wish they put "Im a gladiator" in the channel I AM

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  • September 19, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    I think it’s fine

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  • September 20, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    "The worst thing to happen in the Roman Colosseum is a disappointing death." – Some random Roman citizen, probably

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    Mortal kombat

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  • September 20, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    @5:50 what is a hypotomus?
    is that like a hippopotamus? you forgot one of the syllables

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  • September 20, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    Thx

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  • September 20, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    He made midgets fight 💀💀💀

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Bunch of sick pups

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    They even killed poor defenseless hypotomusses… the horror!!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    Animals watching animals heh

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    Jupiter not Zeus…

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  • September 23, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    Ive just found out that i have roman viking german and spanish ancestry so gassed and apparently my spanish ancestor fought against the aztecs and a other spaniard fought agains the incas and was also on a expedition to find the fountain of youth and died in florida how sick is that and my roman anscestors were leigonares and viking anscestors were raiders so gassed thought i would share it with you

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Is no one gonna talk bout midgets fighting to death…

    Just me being a bad person k😂😂

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  • September 26, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    And they say video games are violent

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  • September 27, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Wish I was a gladiator

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  • September 27, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    Why would the romans recreate Greek myths if they had their own mythology?

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  • September 28, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    A couple thousand years later and were still animals.. nothing has changed.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    "Punch a panda Thursday"

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  • September 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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    I hate Commodus He killed so many lions my Zodiac sign is LEO THE LION

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  • October 1, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    Are you not entertained?!

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  • October 5, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    5:36 dressed in lots of armors….

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  • October 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    Why the dwarfs man, they looked too Innocent to die

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