George Sakata was able to capture the full splendor and wonder of the ancient Roman Colosseum. One is able to see how the incredible structure has withstood the test of time, as well as the damage that some parts have endured as well. On the upper decks of the amphitheater are numerous entrances that lead into the structure and several sets of stairs that provide access to the different levels. Towards the bottom, the inner workings of the hypogeum, which was once an underground system, are barely visible.
Built during the Flavian Dynasty in AD72, the Colosseum used to hold around 80,000 people who watched different performances such as executions, gladiatorial competitions, and reenactments of classical mythology. These performances used to be the prime form of entertainment for the Romans. Later on, as Catholicism emerged, Colosseum began to be used for different purposes a location for workshops, housing for the religious order, and a sanctuary. The combination of natural disasters and robbers caused the majority of the amphitheater's destruction, but its natural appeal still lingers into the present day.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured throughout our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.