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How many people died in the Colosseum?

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The number of people who died in the Roman Colosseum was about 400,000. Also, about 1 million animals died in the Colosseum.

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The Roman Colosseum was a major venue that hosted different events. The shows were usually open to the public and were considered as a way to keep the people happy. The most common show was the fighting of gladiators, which was a fight to the death. Famous gladiators had a huge following, but all of them were there to be killed and entertain. Many of the gladiators were prisoners of war, and nearly 50 percent died each show. Today, part of the Colosseum still stands after it was destroyed by earthquakes and is a common tourist attraction.

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