Monday, 8 December 2014

The Roman Colosseum

Hi my name is Matyas and I am in Grade 6. I am in the midst of learning about Ancient Rome in my school work. My mom found a great idea on making the Roman Colosseum out of modeling clay. My sisters were also at home that day so they helped with this project.

The Roman Colosseum was like a modern day hockey arena; it hosted gladiator shows which were usually slaves fighting each other in armor to the death, and battles between wild animals like bears, wolves, lions, and Tigers. We first had to cut our clay into strips and form an oval bottom. Then we started making the walls which had to be pretty much the same length and width as the other pieces. We then started cutting windows in our walls which we had three rows of, each window acted like a passage and tunnel for the guests to come in. Then we had to move on the inside.

First we made strips of red clay as seats stacked on top of each other. In between the first and the second row we made cardboard slits to resemble cages where they kept the animals, and where the gladiators walked out to the middle area. I then made and put all the flags of modern day countries which were taken over by the Roman Empire on top of the Colosseum. I think I made 31 flags; that is a lot of countries!

I enjoyed making this project, it was interesting to work with real clay, and I recognized how hard it had to be to make in real life!

Matyas, Grade 6


  1. Hi Matyas, What a cool project! What purpose do you think the gladiator fights served in Roman times? Thanks for your post!

  2. This sounds like a big project. As you said, imagine how much work it must have been to make the real one. I am sure you learned a lot through the project.