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amphitheatre (noun) a round roofless building with tiers of seats where spectators sit to watch a play or any public performance.

Amphitheatres were common places of public performances in ancient Greece and Rome. Any hall which has rows of tiers of seats for spectators is called an amphitheatre. An open place rising all around a central area is also an amphitheatre.

  • Plays were a very popular form of entertainment in ancient Greece, and they were staged in amphitheatres.
  • Spectators, emperors among them, watched with sadistic pleasure as gladiators fought for their lives in the arenas of amphitheatres.
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