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Special Access to the Colosseum

Posted by on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Academics, General Information, Nature, Professors, Study Abroad.

We’re well into the Imperial Period here at the Centro and that had to include a visit to one of Rome’s greatest monuments, the COLOSSEUM (or Flavian Amphitheater if you want to sound like a Classicist.)  Not only did we get to have a tour guided by our professors, but we also got special permissions to go down into the “dungeon” area and up to the top floor of the huge structure that once housed gladiators like Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. (<< don’t miss out on that hyperlink.)

Check me out (on the right) in the nosebleeds of the Colosseum, even Russell Crowe looks like an ant from up here

The rain that has been torturing us for a lot of this spring held out and we got a beautiful sunny day to explore the Colosseum and try to imagine what the crowd noise would have been like while thousands of Romans packed in to see exotic creatures like lions and bears in battle.  Huge stadiums like this always remind me of football season and makes me so glad that I’m not studying abroad in the fall so I don’t have to miss Commodore football.  Hmm, would the Commodores’ emperor be Commodus, who was played by Joaquin Phoenix?

That worked out nicely.

Till next time!

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