How Many People Could the Ancient Colosseum in Rome Hold?

Answer: According to BBC’s website, about 50,000 adult men.

Constructed in the 70s CE, the ancient elliptical amphitheatre was originally called the Amphitheatrum Flavium, and was the largest stadium in the Roman Empire.

The Book of Revelation, in its imagery and themes, was, in part, modeled on the grotesque spectacles of combat that took place in the Roman stadium, and in other stadiums like it throughout the Empire.

See this quite extraordinary book at Amazon for more on the connection between the Book of Revelation and the Colosseum:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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33 Responses to How Many People Could the Ancient Colosseum in Rome Hold?

  1. unatomous says:

    actually the colosseum seated 50,000 i researched it and found it in a book at the library.

    • jenna says:

      ikr :)

      • george says:


      • Ray N says:

        So George replied to u and thinks ikr is awesome, or is the capacity of seating of the 50,000 in the colisseum awesome that you ikr’d to?And is it the same as saying ikr is awe-ful? Is ‘ful’ larger than ‘some?’ What does ikr mean anyway? I’m simply awed(not odd as some, or ful may think)..

    • dori says:

      Just went for 2nd time this summer-took the tour,they said 50,000. It is huge from the outside, but inside the size is overwhelming ( partly due to the fact that the “green room” area below the original floor is open-a labrynth of hallways and small rooms adds an extra level to the depth). I believe that number only includes seating and not the multitudes below awaiting their fate.

    • Anonymous says:

      cool thanks

  2. unatomous says:

    this is still the same person i just forgot to ad somthing

    actually the colosseum seated 50,000 i researched it and found it in a book at the library

  3. unatomous says:

    umm here we go this is the bibiliography of the book

    it was this book

    Ancient Civilizations written by Scott Donn in 1990 published by Thomas Nelson AUstralia , South Melbourne

  4. maria says:

    wooooowwwwww thats really big i neva knew that i want go visit lol :)

  5. maria says:

    i’m actaully learning about that in my history class this year…. i’m learning things about the colosseum i neva knew. thats really cool :)

  6. Ashley Bay Bay says:

    Yes! i am doing a research paper on the colosseum and many different websites says different things so but the nimber i keep getting the most is 50,000 so im ago with that hope to vist there 1 day

  7. Anonymous says:


  8. Anonymous says:

    you crazy

  9. Anonymous says:

    Neva? Are you sure you are up to the challenge of writing a paper?

  10. Anonymous says:

    errm…could we have the straight answer..50,000 I am goin for but am bein put off by Anonymous….

  11. Anonymous says:

    It could hold 50,001 cause your so special :)

  12. jenna says:

    i love this place it iz so kool :) <3

  13. alex says:

    whazzz uuupppppp

  14. Autumn says:

    I researched it and the colosseum could hold 50,000 I read it in class and in books and all dat stuff

  15. the teacher says:

    what a bunch of comedians here!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is neat

  17. Anonymous says:

    great now I sound like a loser…

  18. :) says:


  19. Anonymous says:

    it’s 50,000

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