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What was the velarium used for?

What was the velarium used for?

A velarium (“curtain”) was a type of awning used in Roman times. It stretched over the whole of the cavea, the seating area in amphitheaters to protect spectators from the sun. Precisely how the awning was supported is a matter of conjecture.

What was the velarium made of?

Its purpose was to provide shade for the spectators who watched the gladiatorial games in the blistering sun and heat of Ancient Rome. The awning, or velarium, consisted of Roman shades made sailcloth, in either canvas, linen or cotton, attached to spokes of rope.

What does a velarium mean?

an awning
: an awning over an ancient Roman theater or amphitheater.

How was the Roman Colosseum shaded?

At the outer edge of the top floor, 240 vertical wooden masts were erected, on which the huge sail-like awning could be raised so that the spectators in the stands inside were shaded from the blistering sun. Even the word velarium comes from the Latin word velum, which means sail or more literally, “the veil”.

What was the purpose of the velarium at the Colosseum?

The most famous Velarium was the Colosseum awning, which offered protection from the burning Roman sun to spectators. 1 What is a Velarium? 2 What area of the Colosseum did the Velarium cover?

What was the purpose of the awning at the Colosseum?

It is almost exclusively used to describe the covering used in a theatre or amphitheatre. So, the Roman colosseum awning is the structure that teaches us the most about the velarium. As we’ve mentioned, the main purpose was to protect those under the colosseum awning from the sun.

Is there a roof on the Colosseum?

No, there is no evidence that there was a roof on the colosseum. There was however a retractable shade, known as a velarium. It is thought sailors operated a sail like material to retract it. The Velarium was an engineering feat, especially when you consider the tools and equipment available at the time.

What are some interesting facts about the Colosseum?

1) The Colosseum was built between 72 A.D and 80 A.D under the Emperor Vespasian, in the heart of Ancient Rome. 2) Made from stone and concrete, this magnificent monument was built with the man power of tens of thousands of slaves.