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An external view of the Colosseum, 2007
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From Late Latin, from colosseus (colossal); a mediaeval term for the classical Latin Amphitheatrum Flavium; see also coliseum.

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  1. The largest stadium in the Roman empire, located near the center of Rome.
    • 2002, Tracey Ann Schofield, Rome[1], page 39:
      The Colosseum (known at the time as the Flavian Amphitheater) in Rome was the empire's greatest amphitheater. A marvel of Roman engineering, the Colosseum could hold up to 70,000 spectators.
    • 2007, Luciano Mangiafico, Italy's Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Roman Ruins, Wonderful Wines, and Renaissance Rarities[2], page 36:
      The Colosseum’s elliptical shape is 617 feet long, 512 feet across, and 159 feet high.
    • 2009, Holly Hughes, Frommer's 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up, unnumbered page,
      Perhaps no classical Roman ruin evokes the excesses of the late Empire like the Colosseum.