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The Colosseum [Kindle Edition]

Keith Hopkins , Mary Beard
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Brilliant ... arguably the best so far in Profile's excellent Wonders of the World series ... it brings the Colosseum to life in all its gory splendour. (Geographical)

A work of scholarship written with the general reader in mind ... a pleasure to read. (Spectator)

What the authors have given us in the proverbial multum in parvo (Sunday Telegraph)

Revels in the accretions of detail and myth ... first-class scholarship and an engagingly demotic style (Independent)

Stirring stuff! This is a welcome and well-written book ... it reassesses myths, politely debunks many misconceptions about what we know- and what we don't know - to put the fabulous monument in context from its founding to the present. (Lindsey Davis, author of the Falco series)

A wonderful book, worthy of its subject: horrifying, impressive, blood-soaked, occasionally very funny and always entertaining (Robert Harris)

Book Description

Award winning classicist, Mary Beard with Keith Hopkins, tell the story of Rome's greatest arena

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2069 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VB34FW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What have the Romans ever done for us? 28 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
Picked up this book as I'm studying the Colosseum for a college course and what a find it is! Written in an engaging style without becoming too dry or academic, the book tells you not only about the structure itself and the incredible feat achieved in building it but also about the background of gladiatorial contests in the Roman empire and how the games fitted into Roman society. An effort has been made to include recent finds and theories about the Colosseum and many widely believed myths are "busted" too (Christians v Lions?), there is also some discussion about how this ruin has influenced later peoples (such as Byron and nineteenth century novelists).

The book is illustrated with some clear diagrams and pictures of paintings, graffito, and even an Asterix cartoon! One criticism is that sometimes some of the photographs are a little indistinct but this is only a very minor annoyance.

Also included are some tips on visiting the site.

All in all I found this book hugely enjoyable and have no reservation in recommending it to students or tourists alike!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure 1 Nov 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic. I had to do a project on the Colosseum for a course module and was a little stumped until I found this brilliant, brilliant book. It is well written, which with factual books, for me, means easy to read and understand without being patronising. It was very, very interesting indeed and had lots of fantastic snippets of information along with the usual, how many cubic metres of stone went into this etc, etc...It struck a lovely balance between the architecture, the history and the social significance of the building to the Romans. There were useful and relevant illustrations and a lovely, and I thought successful attempt to make it relevant to modern readers, with stuff on the film Gladiator and other contemporary resources. There was a good bibliography, which I used, so I know this to be true. I highly recommend this book, both if you're a curious tourist or a student. It's not too long, it's definitely not dry and it was well worth the money. It made me want to read others in the series, even though I'm no longer studying historical architecture, and that's saying something.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really Loved this Book 13 Oct 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Colloseum in Rome is arguably one of the five most famous buildings in the world but there are very few books about it. At least I have found that to be the case, as I have always had a fascination for the place. May this is the macabre side of me coming out. But it is not just the gladiatorial contests and many other blood letting contests that went on including wild animals fighting both humans and one another or the naval battles that were fought there. Yes naval battles, with real ships and the arena flooded with water. I readily admit that I find these interesting and have done for many years.

However the main attraction of the Flavian Amphitheatre, to give it its correct name is its architectural beauty. It is a building that we would be hard pressed to replicate today, even with all the modern building techniques that we now possess. A building that could fill with people and empty at the end of the games quicker than most modern football stadiums. A building that has stood the test of time. It is only vibration and pollution from modern day traffic that is now affecting the building more than the last two thousand years ever have.

A building that had more happening underground than ever happened above ground. Gladiator quarters, infirmaries. Lifts and hoists moved by an intricate network of pulleys and cables, that allowed wild animals to be brought up to the arena level.

This book tells you everything you need to know and more. It is well written And has some illustrations, but these are secondary to the excellent text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this Book 13 Oct 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Colosseum in Rome is arguably one of the five most famous buildings in the world but there are very few books about it. At least I have found that to be the case, as I have always had a fascination for the place. May this is the macabre side of me coming out. But it is not just the gladiatorial contests and many other blood letting contests that went on including wild animals fighting both humans and one another or the naval battles that were fought there. Yes naval battles, with real ships and the arena flooded with water. I readily admit that I find these interesting and have done for many years.

However the main attraction of the Flavian Amphitheatre, to give it its correct name is its architectural beauty. It is a building that we would be hard pressed to replicate today, even with all the modern building techniques that we now possess. A building that could fill with people and empty at the end of the games quicker than most modern football stadiums. A building that has stood the test of time. It is only vibration and pollution from modern day traffic that is now affecting the building more than the last two thousand years ever have.

A building that had more happening underground than ever happened above ground. Gladiator quarters, infirmaries. Lifts and hoists moved by an intricate network of pulleys and cables, that allowed wild animals to be brought up to the arena level.

This book tells you everything you need to know and more. It is well written And has some illustrations, but these are secondary to the excellent text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by L. Perrucci
5.0 out of 5 stars my son finds this both useful and very interesting
Many thanks for swift delivery ..my son finds this both useful and very interesting, we will use you again
Published 5 months ago by CHRISTOPHER ROBERTS
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and amusing.
Read it more or less in one sitting and wished I could nip back to Rome and take another look. A really good read, which I hadn't expected.
Published 6 months ago by Linedance Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts and figures
This is a very useful book for those who are planning to visit Rome and the Colosseum and for those who were wondering if Hollywood and Christian hagiography have over time painted... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eric Schallenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Colosseum
Not as entertaining as "Pompeii-the life of a Roman town", but interesting enough. I bought it because I thought is in the same style as the other book-Pompeii, but I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I was due to visit Rome and view the Colosseum, the book helped me with its history through the centuries.
Published 17 months ago by jampot
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Easy to read, lots of interesting stuff that i did'nt know,recommend it to anyone going to Rome this summer,as I am.
Published 17 months ago by thomas anthony lomax
5.0 out of 5 stars A History
In a very easy to understand English that doesn't require an intellectual education, Keith Hopkins and Mary Beard write a history of the Colosseum in Rome ( buildings of this kind... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jan Dierckx
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, good background information
Very good reading for anyone interested in more than superficial travel guide approach. Gives a new perspective to the city life.
Published 21 months ago by Risto Gylden
5.0 out of 5 stars Bread and circuses
Mary Beard always writes in such a way as to bring the history alive for the reader; never dry and dull. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2012 by Keen Reader
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