Amphitheatre Timeline

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  • 264 BCE
    First recorded Roman gladiator games organised by two sons to commemorate the death of their father.
  • c. 75 BCE
    The amphitheatre of Pompeii is built.
  • 59 CE
    A riot in the arena of Pompeii between locals and citizens of Nuceria results in a ten-year ban on gladiator games in Pompeii.
  • 72 CE
    Vespasian begins construction of the Colosseum in Rome.
  • 80 CE
    The Colosseum in Rome is officially opened by Titus with a 100 day gladiator spectacular.
  • 81 CE - 96 CE
    Construction is finally completed on the Colosseum of Rome in the reign of Domitian.
  • c. 404 CE
    Roman Emperor Honorius outlaws gladiator games.
  • 523 CE
    Last recorded animal games in the Colosseum of Rome.