Beyond built form: The Colosseum

Çetin, Yunus
This thesis investigates the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum, in its relation to setting, symbolic meaning and its afterlife. Crucial to the discussion is the ancient art of memory, through which the Colosseum’s ambivalent role as a means of Imperial power is elucidated. Equally important, the buildings’ iconographic connotations are studied in terms of the architectural orders employed on the façade. The Colosseum’s extended use and its later emblematic significance comprise the concluding discussion of the thesis.