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LUDUS MAGNUS
Image 1: View of remains of the Ludus Magnus from Piazza del Colosseo
On the east side of Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum square), excavations in 1937 and 1958-61 have brought to light part of the remains of Rome's largest training school for gladiators, which was built by the emperor Domitian (Domiziano) (81-96 d.C.).. The still visible remains belong to a second building stage by the emperor Trajan (Traiano)(98-117).

Physical description
The Ludus Magnus was a rectangular based building of three floors, made of bricks (Laterizio) and connected by underground tunnels to Colosseum; at the center of the building there was a small oval arena used for the training sessions of the gradiators. It was surrounded by a cavea where the spectators sat. The cavea had a four-sided portico courtyard with columns that led to the cells used by gladiators as lodging. The entrances to the Ludus Magnus were placed on the main axes and the one situated at via Labicana was probably reserved for authorities and V.I.P.s..

Address: Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum square)
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