The one and only Ten Random Facts presents ten facts about the popular amphitheatre, the Colosseum!

  • The Colosseum opened in AD 80 and took 10 years to be built.
  • The Colosseum seated an amazing 50,000 people.
  • 5,000 animals were killed for the Colosseum’s opening ceremony.
  • The Colosseum was badly damaged by a major fire in 217 AD and then was damaged by an earthquake in 443 AD.
  • The Colosseum went into repairs in 240, 250, 252, 320, 484, 508 and around 443 AD. The Colosseum is about to undergo major restoration.
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  • The Colosseum is a theatre and arena and has been used for other interesting purposes like a cemetery, quarry and church.
  • The outer wall of the Colosseum was estimated to contain over 100,000 square meters of travertine stone which is held together by 300 tons of iron clamps.
  • The Colosseum arena is 83m by 48m (272ft by 157ft).
  • The Colosseum starred many animals including rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, elephants, giraffes, aurochs, wisents, Barbary lions, panthers, leopards, bears, Caspian tigers, crocodiles and ostriches.
  • Since 1643 AD, 684 species of plants have been recorded at the Colosseum.
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Living History 1999, Two-Can Publishing, London

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Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is a dazzling place with 10 dazzling facts!

  • Ancient Egypt was established in 3100BC and fell to the Romans in 30BC.
  • The Ancient Egyptians invented Hieroglyphs, a symbolic language, around 3100BC.
  • The Karnak temple is the largest religious structure, which is still standing inEgypt, in the world. The full structure measures 80ha/200acres/809371m2 and took 500 years to complete.
  • The biggest pyramid in the world is the largest pyramid of Giza. It’s base measures 53,000m2.
  • The pyramids of Giza contain approximately 2,300,000 stone bricks.

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 Pyramids in Egypt

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  • Each stone brick in an Egyptian pyramid weighs about 2.5t/2500Kg.
  • The Rosetta stone, a slab of granite found at Rashid (Rosetta), contains the language of the Ancient Egyptians – hieroglyphs, demotic script and Ancient Greek. You can find the stone at the British Museum.
  • Ancient Egyptian pharaohs where known as sons of the gods, with royalty and power.
  • The Ancient Egyptians mastered ship building around 3000BC.
  • Slaves were never used to construct the Ancient Egyptian pyramids.
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Macdonald, F 2003, Ancient Egyptians-an ancient civilisation brought vividly to life, HarperCollins, London

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