Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 1: Photo 9
There's no evidence that Christians were slaughtered in the Colosseum. Still, the story was a powerful one, useful in propagating the faith. That's why Benedict XIV declared the amphitheater sanctified in 1749, and it's why Pius IX (1846-78) ordered the protective buttressing.
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