The Amphitheatre of El Jem
The Amphitheatre of El Jem is often incorrectly called a “colosseum”. This amphitheatre is capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Only Rome’s Colosseum (which holds about 45,000 spectators) and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger than the Amphitheatre of El Jem. It was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian (who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus) around 238 AD. It was probably used for gladiator shows and chariot races (like in Ben-Hur). It’s also possible that construction of this amphitheatre was never finished. The Amphitheatre of El Jem is located in modern-day Tunisia in Northern Africa. This photo of it has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 30th of July 2010.
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