Europe Italy Legends, myths, hidden secrets

Unveiling the Epic Tales: Legends of the Colosseum

These fascinating legends of the Colosseum will take you on a tour of this amphitheaters's most significant moments, the heroes and villains who made them possible. You'll learn about the gladiators who fought for their lives, the emperors who ruled with an iron fist, and the common people who cheered them on.

Why is the Colosseum famous?

The Colosseum is a symbol of Rome and the Roman Empire and is one of the first amphitheaters built in the world. It is one of the best-known ancient structures in the world and represents an important historical and cultural period.

The Colosseum is known for its role in hosting gladiator fights. These events drew crowds thousands of years ago.

Gladiatorial Combat

The Colosseum is renowned for hosting gladiatorial contests. Skilled fighters would engage in battles for entertainment, which often included dramatic moments. The stories of heroic gladiators and epic battles have become an integral part of the Colosseum’s lore.


Legend of the name “Colosseum”

Legend has it that the name “Colosseum” comes from a colossal statue (Colossus) of Nero that was nearby. Over time, the monument became more famous than the statue that gave it its name.


Nero’s Golden Bricks

A legend says that the Roman Emperor Nero ordered that gold bricks be used in the construction of the Colosseum to make it shine. Although this is a popular story, there is no hard evidence that this happened.


Finger symbol legend

Emperors are said to have raised their thumbs up or down to decide the fate of fallen gladiators. Emperors were usually swayed by the will of the public. However, there is no evidence to support this legend.

sincerely media 3KEFp35FVB0 unsplash

Ghosts of the Gladiators

There are stories of apparitions and ghosts of gladiators haunting the Colosseum. There is also said to be a curse of the gladiators. The curse would have been the reason why part of the structure of the Colosseum collapsed.

rome colosseum

Secret Prayers of the Monks

In the Middle Ages, the Colosseum was used as a place of Christian worship. Monks are said to have secretly gathered there to pray and avoid religious persecution. This period of history left an imprint on how the Colosseum was perceived as a symbol of Christianity.


Marriage in the Colosseum

The Colosseum has been the site of spectacular public marriages in the past. These wedding ceremonies added to the romance and history of the place.


The story of Saint Francesca Romana

Legend has it that Santa Francesca Romana, a Christian saint from Rome, visited the Colosseum and prayed there to heal the sick.


The Curse of Thieves

It is said that people who steal pieces of bricks or stones from the Colosseum are cursed and will lose their fingers or have bad luck.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Nero’s Playing Days

Emperor Nero is said to have organized extended gaming days and violence in the Colosseum that included gladiator fights and massive executions. These events would have led to a period of poverty and suppression in Rome, and the Colosseum would have been associated with its tyranny.

Nero_By User:Bibi Saint-Pol, own work,

The theft of Saint Andrew’s crucifix

During the Crusades, the crucifix of Saint Andrew was allegedly stolen from the Colosseum and taken to Scotland. It is often mentioned in legends and stories about the history of the Crusades.


Animals in the Colosseum

Fights with wild animals such as lions and tigers were as popular as gladiator fights. There are legends and accounts of how these animals were brought into the arena and how they were prepared for the fights.

lion and tiger

About the author


I am Catalina, and my passion for travel, mysteries, legends and archaeology drives me to explore the world and uncover its hidden wonders.