When learning about the Italian language and culture it is almost impossible for someone to not know the legacy of the country and the surrounding areas. For more than half of a century the city of Rome dominated and change the area around the Mediterranean Sea forever. The empire that was Rome created some of the most beautiful buildings throughout Europe and many remain today but one of the most impressive fetes was the Coliseum. Also known as Amphitheatrum Flavium housed 50,000 to 80,000 spectators and was sued for gladiator battles, mock sea battles, and public forums. The Coliseum was built between 70–72 AD by the Emperor Vespasian, although the entire levels were not completed until 80 AD by his son Titus who celebrated the monumental opening by throwing games that lasted 100 days. Over many decades and Emperors the Coliseum’s design was changed, a network tunnels were designed to house the animals used during gladiator battles and changes were made to actually flood the arena and create sea battles, a fete that to this day cannot be replicated. The building suffered many setbacks due to earthquakes and fire but it was still used well into the 6th century even after the city was sacked. The building today stands today but only as a glimmer of what it once was. Crumbling and breaking apart the Coliseum is one of the great cites in the city of Rome and allows us to see living history.