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The Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre of Pompeii is one of the oldest and best preserved in the world.
Built around 70 BC the structure was used for circus games and gladiator fights as confirmed by the numerous graffiti that advertised the events.

The building has an auditorium divided into three areas:
Ima Cavea, area reserved for prominent personalities of the city.
Media Cavea, central area reserved to common people.
Summa Cavea, superior area for women.

To protect the spectators from the sun and rain, there was also the "Velarium" a sort of large tent, usually linen, which was spread to cover the entire structure.