According to an announcement made by Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, the renowned Colosseum, along with the Domus Aurea, Palatine Hill and a bevy of Forum sites, will be incorporated into an extensive archaeological park. To that end, from the administrative angle, the new park’s director will actually be appointed through an international selection process, thus alluding to an autonomous organization. In that regard, Franceschini has already made it clear that such autonomously managed museum complexes have “unquestionably” resulted in both logistical and infrastructural improvements to many of Italy’s famed historical sites.
In other words, the move from the government will strip the Special Superintendency of its management over the particular sites like the Colosseum, Domus Aurea and Palatine Hill. Instead the organization will now be given charge of the other historical areas in and around entire Rome, while the Ordinary Superintendency (which currently manages those sites) will be abolished. However the Special Superintendency will still remain autonomous in both its accounting and management departments, and will additionally receive 30 percent of the revenue generated from ticket sales to the new Colosseum archaeological park.
In any case, the sheer dimensions of the Colosseum itself, surely makes it the perfect candidate to be the focus of the archaeological park. To that end, the world’s largest ancient amphitheater is 189 m (615 ft) long, and 156 m (510 ft) wide – which accounts for almost 500 m (1,640 ft) in circumference, with a base area of 6 acres (24,000 sq m). The inner arena is similarly oval, with length of 87 m (287 ft) and width of 55 m (180 ft); while being surrounded by a 5 m (16 ft) high wall on all sides – after which the seat tiers started. These tiers ultimately rose to a height of 180 ft (55 m) – thus making the total volume of the Italian amphitheater a whopping 1,320,000 cubic m or 47 million cubic ft. So it comes as no surprise that during peak events, the Colosseum could possibly account for about 50,000 spectators.
A brilliantly animated video conceived by folks over at Altair4 Multimedia have digitally reconstructed this massive architectural wonder within the incredible scope of ancient Rome, which gives us an idea of the extent of the new archaeological park.
Article Source: ANSA