Panen et circus

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Letter Home – Panem et Circus

Dear Mam and Dad,

I’m writing to see how you are and tell you about my time in Rome, Italy. I am just back from the colosseum and am eating delicious pizza while I am writing. There is so much to do here I have already been to the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. It took a long time to walk to it, but it was worth it. I’m sure you guys would love it. The colosseum was absolutely, amazing. The building was built under the great Roman emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and was finished in 80 AD. That means it was built in 8 years. I couldn’t build a Lego house in that amount of time! It could hold around 65,000 people. Vespasian believed that if his people had enough to eat (panem) and were entertained (circus) they would be happy and so he built the colosseum to entertain his people. It was used for gladiator fights, mock sea battles and animal hunts. We saw the chilling chambers of where the animals were held before the fight. But the best part of all was going through the arch the gladiators walked and to see the colosseum reveal itself before you. You could imagine all the cheering people looking down at you waiting for you to be killed by another gladiator that would soon be freed from slavery. The gladiators were adored by everyone much like todays sport stars, Women even sold perfume of their sweat to their adoring fans!

I look forward to seeing you,

Cormac