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Amphitheatre

Bronzetto di gladiatore

In the 2nd century A.D. the town was provided with one of the symbols of Roman culture, the Amphitheatre, from then onwards its massive brick structure on the outskirts being a striking feature of the local townscape as seen from the sea. Its still visible remains are the best evidence of this type of building in the region.

Excavations starting in the 19th century have made possible this graphic reconstruction.

A stone seat shows the seat numbering of the stone tiers.

A coin from the reign of Hadrian, unearthed in the mortar, dates the building to the mid 2nd century A.D.

The atmosphere of gladiator fights in the arena is evoked by specific items: the gladiator appearing on a small bronze and oil lamp, and, more generally, by bone and glass paste tokens, with engraved seat numbers.