A Puzzle at Pozzuoli

May 8, 2009 / Art & Archaeology
pozzuoli1For enthusiasts of construction games and puzzles, the Flavian Amphitheatre at Pozzuoli is intriguing. In the ruins of the third largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, matching capital to column, stone foot to stone leg can keep you amused for hours.

Poor San Gennaro (St. Januarius), later patron saint of Naples, also had bodily integrity on his mind when he faced ferocious animals here in the year 305. In the beautiful but terrible spaces underneath the amphitheatre, now stage-dressed picturesquely with architectural elements, the visitor can see where these beasts were caged before they were winched up directly to the arena.

pozzuoli2This structure, once clothed in white marble, held 20,000 spectators – a suitable entertainment centre for Puteoli, a busy Mediterranean trading post. But later the marble was stripped off and the glory, gory days forgotten.

Now only lizards, cats and visitors pick their way through the fragments and try to make sense of it all.


Penny Ewles-Bergeron

by Penny Ewles-Bergeron

Author, artist… celebrating the many good things in Naples.

4 Responses to “A Puzzle at Pozzuoli”

  1. A fascinating place! Thanks for the note – it reminded me of the day we took our daughter there. She is a professional stage manager and loved being “behind the scenes” of this ancient theatre.

  2. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Thank you everybody & Rosemary – I enjoyed your blog about your visit with your daughter.


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