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Colosseum: Roman Death Trap 

The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that ... See full summary »

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Gary Glassman
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Episode credited cast:
Umberto Baruffaldi Umberto Baruffaldi ... Himself
Caprice Benedetti ... (voice)
Heinz-Jürgen Beste Heinz-Jürgen Beste ... Himself
Fabrizio Brienza ... (voice)
Flavia Campanelli Flavia Campanelli ... Herself
Giovanni Cirillo Giovanni Cirillo ... Himself
Tulio Clementini Tulio Clementini ... Himself
Michael Cumpsty ... (voice)
Fabian Kanz Fabian Kanz ... Himself
Carmelo G. Malacrino Carmelo G. Malacrino ... Himself
Adriano Morabito Adriano Morabito ... Himself
Rossella Rea Rossella Rea ... Herself
Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Erik Singer ... (voice)
Giovanni Squillacioti Giovanni Squillacioti
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The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world's most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum's arena for the first time in 1,500 years.

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English

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11 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Providence Pictures See more »
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the essence of my experience
15 March 2015 | by umbertobaruffaldiSee all my reviews

the construction of the Death Trap coliseum was a unique experience : it was like a magic potion where all the ingredients were present at the right time at the right place . Now I am sure : it was a magic ! Now the Colosseo Death Trap is a reality. I thank in particular the director Gary Glasman and Pascal Cuissot (producers) , Chiara Messineo (location producer) , my co-designer Giovanni Squillacioti and all the friends of this beautiful adventure. The biggest challenge was to mentally undress of current technology and find that with much less sophisticated tools the ancient Romans were able to make products with the same precision and finishing. And above all, they had the trained mind to invent ingenious solutions while we, finding many ready-made products , we are losing this important mental training.


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