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Commodus’ mini-Colosseum found near Rome

Archaeologists working in southeast Rome believe they have found a mini-Colosseum that was errected by the Emperor Commodus in the 2nd century A.D.

Archaeologists from Montclair State University, in New Jersey, believe that a large oval area with curved walls and floors made of marble is, in fact, the arena where the emperor killed wild beasts, earning the nickname “the Roman Hercules,” as recorded in historical writings.

Found in Genzano, a village southeast of Rome which overlooks Lake Nemi, a crater lake in the Alban Hills, the oval structure measures 200 feet by 130 feet and dates to the 2nd century.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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