Learn about the history of Rome by visiting one of its grandest monuments in VR.
Experience first hand what the Flavian Amphitheatre looked like in all its glory and the events that took place there.
Get the chance to stand next to an actual Gladiatorial warrior o9f the great ancient Roman Empire.
Back in ancient Rome during what can be considered as the time of the Flavian Empire, the construction of a huge arena was begun. It was the reign of Emperor Vespasian around 70 and 72 AD, and this huge arena was then called the Flavian Amphitheatre, which is known today as the great Roman Colosseum. Located West of the Palatine Hill, the huge complex was built over an artificial lake which was the centerpiece of the palace of the once tyrannical Emperor Nero. Vespasian, who was close to the Roman people, wanted an amphitheater that could host tens of thousands of Romans.
The huge arena was completed around 79 AD when Vespasian died. Titus, his eldest son, completed the Colosseum and began the inaugural games in 81 AD. Many events were held in the Colosseum, but since it was made mainly as an arena, its chief main purpose was to hold competitive sports, aka Gladiatorial Combat. Looking back, it would be difficult to conceive that such a magnificent and elaborately beautiful structure was used for barbaric bloody fights, which was known to be a big event for the Romans of the day. However, this was part of ancient Roman culture and law and was their spectator sport the way we treat eSports nowadays.
The people or warriors who fought in the arena were known as Gladiators. These were big tough men who fought to the death. However, now and then, female Gladiators dueled each other as well, and they were known as the Gladiatrix. Their fights were highly-priced more than that of the men. Gladiators fought for either honor, freedom, or both. Many of them were slaves or those with criminal records, and fighting in the arena was more of a sentence to them. The Colosseum was also used for capital punishment for the enemies of Rome. These is where people where pitted against beasts like lions, tigers and other flesh-eating predators. Seeing the enemies of the state being ripped to pieces back then was a delight and entertainment to the citizenry of the empire.
Good examples of the kind of blood sport that took place in the Colosseum are depicted by films like Gladiator and video games like Ryse Son of Rome. The Gladiators are usually moderately to heavily armored, plus a shield to protect them and a sword, spear, ax, or any suitable weapon they could use to bludgeon their opponents brutally. Fights were violent and intense, and usually, in a duel, only one left the arena alive. This popular form of entertainment went on for around four centuries but upon Rome's fall to the invading Goths, the Colosseum has lost it's ardor by the 6th Century Anno Domini. From that point on due to neglect and damages from natural phenomena, the arena started it's dilapidation process. Today, the Colosseum, which stands at approximately 1/3 of its original size in a disheveled state of near rubble, has become one of the foremost tourist sites of today's modern world.
Colosseum VR brings the magnificent edifice of ancient Roman culture to life in the virtual world. However, the app is more of a virtual historical tour than a game and presents a narrative journey into the history of the great arena and that of the then-Roman Empire. It informs one of the life and times of the Gladiators and the people of Rome. The app/simulation was meticulously developed to show what an actual (though theoretically re-constructed) representation of the outside and inside of the Colosseum looked like. Moving around the environment even provides one the experience of standing next to NPC's of the people during those times and the warriors who gave honor to the audience by usually forfeiting their lives in deadly combat.
If you are interested in Roman history, Rome/Italy in general, or simply would like to experience for yourself walking around the historical place where the arena warriors of Rome fought and died, Colosseum VR is just the app for you. What more, you can get it free on Steam.