The Roman Colosseum
Forget about Spartacus and Gladiator. This program skewers movie misconceptions as it creates a historically accurate picture of the Colosseum exactly as it was in 80 AD. Archaeological findings and and an extremely sophisticated computer-generated model shed light on the architecture that made even naval battles possible. Authentic reenactments of gladiatorial duels illustrate the arms and tactics of combatants, and insights from classical scholar Kathleen Coleman, of Harvard University, as well as from an archaeologist, historians, hydraulic and structural engineers, and members of the UCLA Cultural VR Lab outline the events of a day in the stands at Rome’s iconic monument to both ingenuity and savagery.