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Appearances (JLU): The Once and Future Thing Part Two and Destroyer
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In 70 A.D., Emperor Vespasian commissioned the construction of the Flavian Amphitheatre, a public venue for animal hunts, executions, gladiator games, mock battles, and drama performances as a celebration of Roman conquest after the Great Jewish Revolt. Since the elliptical Coliseum was built on Emperor Nero's lake, it was also implied as a grand gesture to the people. It was completed in 80 A.D., under the reign of Emperor Titus, Vespasian's son. The Flavian Amphitheatre drew its name from the Flavian Dynasty, those who ruled the Roman Empire from 69 A.D. and 96 A.D. after Nero. Over the centuries, it fell victim to fire and earthquakes. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV officially endorsed the Coliseum as a site tied to Christian martyrs. In the modern age, it is a major tourist attraction and about $19.3 million has been spent on restoration projects.
In the 21st century, Rome was one of the cities invaded by Darkseid. It was defended by Black Canary, Green Arrow, Dr. Light, and Toyman. Dr. Light battled several Parademons near the Coliseum. Sometime in the 2050's, in a hypertimeline, David Clinton returned to Neo Gotham as the warlord Chronos. Now insane, he went throughout time and stole various landmarks and artifacts without any concern for the timestream. The Roman Coliseum was one of them and it was used to house the Elkhorn prison Clinton was imprisoned in back in 1879. Considered a grand secret, Chronos kept his location a constant guess and moved from place to place. In reality, he only slept in the Coliseum at the prison. Only Enid Clinton knew this fact. She later revealed it to the Justice League leading to a final battle between them and Chronos' forces. As the timestream reached critical, Chronos escaped to the Beginning of Time but was defeated by Batman and Green Lantern. With the timeline reset, the Coliseum was returned to its rightful place and time.