Amphitheater at Augusta Raurica

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James Blake Wiener
published on 27 November 2018

In Roman times, the amphitheater in Augusta Raurica was a place of horror. Up to 13,000 spectators gathered here to watch gory entertainment, which included animal hunts, gladiatorial combat and executions. The amphitheater was the result of meticulous planning. Built around 170 CE, it was constructed in a way that the spectators could get in and out quickly. It also contained dungeons where the gladiators waited before their performances. There were also three corridors, no longer visible today, which were wide enough for whole animal herds to be driven into the arena. The eastern entrance, the "gate of death" was used to carry dead gladiators out of the arena. Those who had survived, on the other hand, left the theater through the "gate of the living," passing by a small sanctuary.

About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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APA Style

Wiener, J. B. (2018, November 27). Amphitheater at Augusta Raurica. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "Amphitheater at Augusta Raurica." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 27, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "Amphitheater at Augusta Raurica." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 27 Nov 2018. Web. 19 Apr 2019.

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