Only healthy snacks for Colosseum spectators


The discovery deepens our understanding of the experience and habits of those who went to this place during the long days dedicated to the shows”

says Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, as reported by Reuters. A recent research project on the sewage system and study of the underground passages of the amphitheater has allowed scientists and archaeologists to discover what the ideas of the ancient Romans were. Traces of olives, nuts, meat, cherries, grapes, figs, blackberries and peaches dating back 1,900 years have been found.


The results of the study “ Hydraulics of the Colosseum. Presentation of new data from research in sewer collectors”, were  described during the dedicated event held in Rome, at the Curia Iulia of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, by an all-female research team who undertook a stratigraphic excavation in January 2022 of the southern manifold of the famous amphitheater, and what emerged – in addition to the functioning dynamics of the water networks of the monument – is a picture of the habits of the ancient Romans during the shows at the Colosseum.

Goers to the famed amphitheater likely ate these snacks while attending events such as plays and gladiator fights. They also found 50 bronze coins that date to between the third and seventh centuries, as well as a rare silver coin from around 171 marking the ten-year reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Researchers began the massive project to clear the 2,000-year-old monument’s sewers and lower passageways in January 2021.


The famous Roman Colosseum is one of the most visited places in Europe. Although many associate the amphitheater, which was the largest in the ancient world, with gladiatorial combat, it was also used for extravagant theatrical performances, sometimes with fire displays or even mock naval battles taking place on the flooded ground in front of dozens of thousands of spectators.

“The Colosseum continues to tell us its stories, emerging clearly in the broader flow of great history,” writes the Colosseum Archaeological Park in a statement.

  • Animal bones, ancient Romans’ snack food found in Colosseum. (reuters. com)
  • The sewers of the Colosseum reveal the habits and customs of the ancient Romans. Here’s what the excavations revealed. (


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