Under the Colosseum

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  • Published on:  8/6/2021
  • The most impressive part of the Colosseum lay beneath the sandy arena, where a labyrinth of passages, cages, and lifts waited to release gladiators and exotic beasts into the sun. These subterranean levels, known as the Hypogeum, were recently opened to the public for the first time. Join me as I explore the world under the Colosseum.

    If you plan to visit the Colosseum underground, I recommend booking with Through Eternity Tours, a Rome-based company that specializes in custom, in-depth experiences. Save 5% on any private or group tour with the discount code TOLDINSTONE.

    https://www.througheternity.com/en/colosseum-tours/

    For more on the gladiators, the Roman games, and many other aspects of life in the classical world, check out my book “Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants: Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Greeks and Romans.”

    https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Statues-Fat-Gladiators-Elephants/dp/1633887022

    I can be found elsewhere on the web:

    https://www.patreon.com/toldinstone
    https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/wiki/profiles/toldinstone
    https://www.instagram.com/toldinstone/
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20993845.Garrett_Ryan

    Chapters:
    0:00 Introduction
    0:48 The Hypogeum
    1:14 Evidence of Naval Battles
    2:07 Treasures in the drains
    2:43 The Elevators
    3:48 Repairs and final burial
    4:32 Life underground
    5:21 Through Eternity Tours
    5:51 Obligatory book plug

    For the intro theme, I'd like to thank Julien Monette, whose compositions can be found here:
    https://www.201tube.com/channel/UCWI-WtFWAmvZG90I10WgiwA

    The closing theme was kindly provided by Jacob La Bar of Above the Bar Productions.

    Thanks for watching!
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