Changing Times

November 29, 2019
The Colosseum is an ancient stadium in Rome, Italy.
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Rome is an ancient city. It is in Italy. Sports were a big part of life in ancient Rome. Sports are still important to Romans. Compare how Romans watched sports in the past with how they watch them now.

Ancient Rome

This drawing shows the Colosseum long ago. The photo shows its ruins today.

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The Colosseum was built 2,000 years ago. Romans went there to watch gladiator battles. Gladiators were trained fighters. They wore armor and fought with swords. They were heroes to their fans. Beneath the arena were passages. Wild animals were kept there. Sometimes, gladiators fought them.

Modern Rome

The Stadio Olimpico is where Romans go to watch the city’s soccer teams compete. The stadium has also hosted World Cup games and the Olympics.

GRAZIA NERI—ALLSPORT; INSET: GARETH CATTERMOLE—GETTY IMAGES.

Romans today enjoy soccer. The sport is known there as football. Games are played in a giant stadium. The Stadio Olimpico holds thousands of people. Rome has two soccer teams. They are rivals. Players charge up and down the field. They shoot for a goal. Fans cheer and wave flags. They sing songs. To them, the soccer players are heroes.