High angle view of Amphitheatre, Italica, Seville, Spain, pictured on December 28, 2006, in the afternoon. The Amphitheatre was built during Hadrian's reign and was the third largest in the Roman Empire, with a capacity of 25,000 in three tiers of seating. The cross shaped pit in the centre was for restraining wild animals. Italica was founded by Scipio Africanus in 206 BC as a centre for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Ilipa, a defeat for Carthage during the Punic Wars, and became a military outpost. The name signifies that the original settlers were from an Italian regiment. It was one of the first cities in Roman Hispania and was the birthplace of two Roman Emperors: Trajan (53-117 AD) and Hadrian (76-138 AD). The city declined after the fall of the Roman Empire. Picture by Manuel Cohen.

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High angle view of Amphitheatre, Italica, Seville, Spain, pictured on December 28, 2006, in the afternoon. The Amphitheatre was built during Hadrian's reign and was the third largest in the Roman Empire, with a capacity of 25,000 in three tiers of seating. The cross shaped pit in the centre was for restraining wild animals. Italica was founded by Scipio Africanus in 206 BC as a centre for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Ilipa, a defeat for Carthage during the Punic Wars, and became a...
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