February 4, Aptowicz contributed this exclusive article to Live Science's Expert Voices: The enormous arena was empty, save for the seesaws and the dozens of condemned criminals who sat naked upon them, hands tied behind their backs. Unfamiliar with the recently invented contraptions known as petaurua, the men tested the seesaws uneasily. One criminal would push off the ground and suddenly find himself 15 feet in the air while his partner on the other side of the seesaw descended swiftly to the ground. In the stands, tens of thousands of Roman citizens waited with half-bored curiosity to see what would happen next and whether it would be interesting enough to keep them in their seats until the next part of the "big show" began.
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The building was constructed by emperors of the Flavian dynasty , following the reign of Nero. In antiquity, Romans may have referred to the Colosseum by the unofficial name Amphitheatrum Caesareum with Caesareum an adjective pertaining to the title Caesar , but this name may have been strictly poetic   as it was not exclusive to the Colosseum; Vespasian and Titus, builders of the Colosseum, also constructed an amphitheater of the same name in Puteoli modern Pozzuoli. Nero's head was also replaced several times with the heads of succeeding emperors. Despite its pagan links, the statue remained standing well into the medieval era and was credited with magical powers.
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Italy Authorities in Rome are considering creating a no-go zone that would be monitored by surveillance cameras to protect the Colosseum following the intrusion of two men at the monument and the latest episode of vandalism In the early hours of Monday, two Brazilian men attempted to climb over a gate to access the Colosseum and lost their balance, falling four metres. While one of the men escaped unscathed, the other fractured his hipbone. On Monday afternoon two words were found spray-painted on a pillar, reading "Balto" and "Morte" death.
It was time to head over to the Colosseum a half mile away. This would be our last stop of the day. Slowly but surely Sam, Marla and I trudged over. We were getting tired, but we weren't going to stop now.
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