Unlike other ancient theaters, the oval-shaped, freestanding amphitheater was a Roman invention. And, as the jewel in the crown of such imposing Roman-made architectural specimens, the Colosseum holds its head high with the towering elliptical tiers that rise to 180 ft (55 m) from the heart of the city. From those very seats, the ‘bloodthirsty’ audience watched on the impeccably choreographed mock battles, exotic animal parades and their merciless slaughtering, and even those ‘legendary’ gruesome gladiatorial fights. But there is more to this exalted arena, than just the collective ancient display of viciousness and pomp. So, without further ado, let us check out some interesting facts that you may not have known about the Colosseum, complemented by some glorious visual reconstructions that recreate the amphitheater at its ancient peak.