In ancient Rome there was a tradition that went out of fashion: watch the shows offered by the gladiators in the Colosseum.
The audience took place for the shows according to a precise division based on social status: every spectator was given a place to reach and had to do a fixed course. The stands were well set out and starting from the inside of the annular galleries.
The shows were free in the amphitheater, symbol of the magnificence of the one who offered them, usually the emperor. At the inauguration of the games offered by the Emperor Titus in 80 d. C., lasted for 100 days. Before the construction of the underground masonry, the center of the arena was used as a water reservoir for the naval battles.
The games lasted a whole day. In the morning, in a stage-designed and well contextualized, fighting took place between the exhibitions from all over the empire, hunts led by armed men and shows of tame animals.
In the middle of the day the show was given by the execution of brutal death sentences. Are not sure historical sources that tell of spectacular executions of Christians. In the afternoon it took place the fights between gladiators. The fights were rarely fatal. The gladiators were slaves or prisoners of war, but also free men who aspired to fame and glory of the arena. The gladiators slaves or prisoners of war belonged to businessmen, lived and prepared in the group, but could go free men only after a number of fights. Some of them became famous and mythologized by the public.