A THEATER OF CARNAGE!
400,000 people lost their life and over a million wild animals were slaughtered in festivals and games that could last up to a 100 days. During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered. In 107 CE, Emperor Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators within 123 days. The last gladiatorial fights occurred in 435 CE and the last animal hunts stopped in 523 CE. It was primarily due to the cost of procuring animals and gladiators and maintaining the expensive facility. #savage #roman #history #gladiator #rome #colosseum