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Vomitorium

Vaulted passageway (vomitorium) under the Roman amphitheater at Italica, Spain

A vomitorium is a passage for entry or exit into a Roman amphitheater or theater. When it was built, Italica’s amphitheatre was the third largest in the Roman Empire. It seated 25,000 spectators, about half as many as the Colosseum in Rome, although the city had a population of only about 8,000. Much of the stone from the upper portion of the amphitheater was “mined” for construction in or near Seville. Italic was founded in 206 BC for Roman veterans of the Second Punic Wars against Hannibal and the Carthaginians. Both Emperors Trajan and Hadrian were born here.

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