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During ancient times, shows were primarily held in wooden theatres. Over time, these theatres were replaced by more solid constructions made of stone. In order to host fights between both animals and gladiators, the Romans had the idea of designing an elliptical stage for this combined use. The stage was surrounded by tiered seating, the ancestor of our modern stages. The Romans used two different methods to build such edifices: either they made use of the natural terrain (with the tiered seating built directly into a hillside, as for example with the amphitheatre in the French town of Orange), or they built huge external walls to support the stands, as was the case in Nîmes. Construction of the Nîmes amphitheatre took 39 years to complete.

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Construction begins on the amphitheatre
Date clé: 
100
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Year 100 AD
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