Roman theatre lives in the Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome will be the site of a special exhibition of Roman theatre, hosting "statues, mosaics, painted vases and fragments of wall paintings depicting actors and their masks, dancing girls, musicians, acrobats and jugglers" in a display that will continue until February 17, 2008.

Classical Roman theatre lasted over nine centuries and ended only in "the 6th Century [C.E.] after Christian councils condemned strolling players as immoral, and barbarian invaders sacked and destroyed many of the theatres."