Here's What Really Happened To The Missing Half Of The Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum may be virtually immortal, but it definitely looks its age. The nearly 2,000-year-old amphitheater was once nearly twice as large as it is today (via Rome

City Tour). Since the very first gladiators were thrown into its bowels in the early centuries, the Colosseum has survived many calamities. The temperamental geography of the

Earth's crust in Italy doesn't just extend to Pompeii. The great city of Rome — once the largest in the world for its time — has crumbled more than once. Once upon a time, an

earthquake struck, and along with much of Rome, so went half the Colosseum. But by that time, its legacy had already begun to crumble. In 2016, Rome was hit by an earthquake

(via SciMex). It certainly wasn't the first time. In A.D. 443, an earthquake struck central Italy — the very same fault line had triggered the first crumblings of the Roman

Colosseum and the Theater of Pompey nearly six centuries before that.