Ticketing at the Coliseum

January 14, 2014 in Daily Bulletin

According to the historians on Reddit, Romans couldn’t just go to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets to watch events at the Coliseum. Here’s what they did do:

  • The tickets were free. They were given out in bulk by the organizer, and those who received them would further distribute them to those they wanted to show favour to.
  • There was tiered seating. The richer and more powerful you were the closer you got to sit to the action.
  • The tickets themselves were etched into broken shards of pottery called ostraca and had information on the section, row, and seat.
  • To prevent counterfeit tickets, shards from the same pot were used for each group of seats so that the tickets could be put together to re-form the pot.

Read the wider discussion about Coliseum events over here.

Source: Reddit