Roman Amphitheatre of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain)

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Carole Raddato
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published on 24 April 2021
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The amphitheatre of Augusta Emerita (modern-day Mérida, Spain) was construced in 8 BCE for use in gladiatorial contests and staged beast-hunts. It had a capacity of up to 15,000 people. The elliptical building was of considerable dimentions and measured 126 by 103 metres (413 by 337 feet). The sand-covered arena contained a cruciform fossa bestiaria where animals were kept before entering the arena.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2021, April 24). Roman Amphitheatre of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain). World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/13887/roman-amphitheatre-of-augusta-emerita-merida-spain/

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Raddato, Carole. "Roman Amphitheatre of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain)." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 24, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/13887/roman-amphitheatre-of-augusta-emerita-merida-spain/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Roman Amphitheatre of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain)." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 24 Apr 2021. Web. 25 Sep 2021.