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A MONUMENT OF GREATNESS

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A MONUMENT OF GREATNESS

Built with the sweat and blood of slaves,
the Colosseum is a monument of greatness
to testify the glorious might of Rome...
in the arena, chariots fights were awesome!


Romans cherished the stately structure to escape boredom, 
but death lurked above as gladiators heard loud cheer
and sharpened their swords hoping to get priceless freedom;
Emperor Vespasian only envisioned glory, not deadly fear! 


Who didn't like the gladiators combats?
Everybody was happy as bread was eaten...
a free gift from emperors to all citizens;
oh, they cheered when one of them went down!


Nero was one of the fairest and maddest emperors,
he also enjoyed the games held in the Colosseum
and ordered the slaughtering of innocent Christians;
didn't he falsely blame them for burning Rome?


Today, the Colosseum stands as a testimony of a great western civilization
that endured for over four hundred years allowing change and assimilation;  
wasn't it exciting living in the capital of the ancient world and shout, " Hail, Caesar! "  
while rubbing shoulders with the common people who adored his crown and scepter?

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