Colosseum on SBS – tells the thrilling story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the lens of the men and women who fought and died there.

From the savage truth of a gladiator’s slavery to the fascinating revelations about how Rome’s Emperors used the amphitheatre to demonstrate their absolute power, we focus on a pivotal period in world history.

Each episode pinpoints one of eight key characters based on historical figures. Spanning several hundred years, the series unfolds chronologically, from the arena’s astonishing design to its eventual decay.

Series One, Episode One: The Gladiators

In 80 AD Emperor Titus opens the Colosseum with 100 days of spectacular games, including one of the most famous gladiatorial matches in Rome’s history.

Episode Two: The Builder

When master builder Haterius constructs the Colosseum from the ashes of Nero’s Golden House, his work is far from over. New Emperor Domitian tasks him with adding in a complex network of underground tunnels: the hypogeum.

Colosseum – New Series Premiere – Sunday, 8 August at 7.30pm on SBS and SBS on Demand (8 Parts)

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Colosseum on SBS