Friday 27 July 2012

Pagan Eye: The Roman London Games

With the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics tonight, Friday 27 July, I thought I'd post a picture of an ancient games arena in London dating back to Roman times.

The photo shows the remains of London's only Roman amphitheatre, which lies beneath the Guildhall Art Gallery. Sport and entertainment in ancient times was shockingly bloodthirsty by modern standards. As well as watching races and athletics, crowds would have gathered to enjoy wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats.

The remains of the original circular walls of the amphitheatre were rediscovered by archaeologists working on the site of the Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988. The museum and remains of the amphitheatre are free to visit. You can find them at Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE.

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