SP0201 : Roman amphitheatre, Cirencester

taken 7 years ago, near to Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Roman amphitheatre, Cirencester
Roman amphitheatre, Cirencester
The amphitheatre is roughly circular and is about 100 metres in diameter. English Heritage say that:

'Situated outside the Roman town of Corinium (Modern Cirencester) lie the remains of one of the largest amphitheatres known from Roman Britain. The amphitheatre was constructed in the first half of the 2nd century AD on the site of an existing Roman quarry. The cavea or seating bank was probably retained using timber and dry-stone wall. In the Later 2nd AD century the arena was then enclosed by a high stone wall, plastered and painted to look like marble. The seating banks, originally 10 metres high, had tiered wooden seats laid on low dry-stone walls, with an area behind for standing spectators. An estimated 8,000 or more people could be accommodated at any one time; probably the entire population of Corinium and more.'

The purpose of the narrow cleft in the bank seen here isn't known, to me at least. Maybe this is where errant slaves were made to enter before being eaten by a lion.

This is one of several images taken of or from the amphitheatre. Next image SP0202 : St John the Baptist Church, Cirencester
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 24 June, 2010
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Amphitheatre   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0205 0145 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:42.7068N 1:58.3038W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0205 0142
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