General view of Amphitheatre, 1st century AD, Segobriga, Spain, pictured on April 13, 2006, in the evening. The elliptical 74 m. long amphitheatre, seating almost 6,000, is well preserved. Its arena is separated from the auditorium by a podium and behind the scenes are areas for the animals, rooms for gladiators, and prayer rooms, all linked by a corridor. The spectacles would have included gladiatorial battles and fights with animals. It was in use until the 3rd century and then used as an agricultural store until the 17th century when it was damaged by being quarried for the Ucles Monastery. Segobriga was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC, after the Punic wars, and the town was developed during the reign of  Augustus. It became an important administrative centre whose local industry was mining 'specularis lapis', a crystallized sheet gypsum used for window glass. Picture by Manuel Cohen.

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General view of Amphitheatre, 1st century AD, Segobriga, Spain, pictured on April 13, 2006, in the evening. The elliptical 74 m. long amphitheatre, seating almost 6,000, is well preserved. Its arena is separated from the auditorium by a podium and behind the scenes are areas for the animals, rooms for gladiators, and prayer rooms, all linked by a corridor. The spectacles would have included gladiatorial battles and fights with animals. It was in use until the 3rd century and then used as an...
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