An Analysis of the Functional Utilitarian Influence of Greek and Etruscan Design on the Roman Coliseum This critical architectural study will analyze the functional utilitarian influence of Greek and Etruscan design in the Roman Coliseum. By understanding the circular pattern of seating in the tradition of the roman amphitheater, a wider population of viewers could watch a particular sporting event with greater utilitarian visual and function as an entertainment complex. The interior design of the Coliseum is an example of how to maximize seating potential with maximum lighting and value for audiences, as well as how it brought about greater functionality for the gladiators or athletes brought forth to entertain the masses—via “Bread and...The end:
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