Compare Roman Colisseum to Ancient Egypt Pyramids. What roles do these structures have beyond their specific intended use?
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I really don't see the two structure as comparable since their purposes were entirely different.
Conventional thinking is the the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs. If this is true, then they serve a religious purpose since the pharaohs were consisdered gods.
According to Sumerian scholar, Zecharian Sitchin. they are part of a complex guidance system for the gods aka the Anunnaki. His theories are based on ancient Sumerian texts which predate the Bible.
The Roman Colosseum, on the other hand, was built for entertainment. Granted, theatre grew out of religion, but the Romans built theatres for that purpose. The purpose of the Colosseum was pure entertainment like gladiatorial combat, chariot races, and sea battles. In the Colosseum, death was real since slaves and captives were expendable. Ultimately bread and circuses were a way to keep the people from rebelling against an oppressive system. The government fed them cheap wine and bread while they "entertained" them to take their minds off of real problems.
Ultimately it all backfired with the Christians who met death with dignity. Those watching began to wonder if this new religion might be their answer also. So, perhaps with this connection they are comparable, but it is a stretch.
The pyramids celebrated life beyond this earth and for the most part the Colosseum celebrated death.
In both cases, the buildings had a specific use, but in both cases, they became important for much more than that use.
In the case of the pyramids, their main use was to be a tomb for the particular royal person. In the case of the Colosseum, the purpose was to be a venue for gladiatorial and other "games." But, in both cases, the structures came to be important symbols of their civilizations. Both the pyramids and the Colosseum came to be seen as evidence that the people and society who built them were strong, rich, and important.
I have to agree with much of what is said here, however, it is a misnomer that the pyramids were used as a tomb to bury the pharaohs. Although accepted as gospel, there is no evidence to back this up.