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Page 28 - It was a mediseval fortress of the Frangipani. See the basreliefs. Hence the Sacred Way descends to the vast building named, from colossal statue of Nero, the Colosseum, Rome's chief marvel. It was founded by Vespasian and finished by Titus, Jewish captives doing the work (AD 80) ; 10,000 men and 5,000 beasts were slain at its inauguration ; the scene of countless fights of gladiators and wild beasts ; and of magnificent celebration of 1000th anniversary of Rome's foundation (AD 243) ; afterwards...