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amphitheatre

(US), amphitheater
1. a building, usually circular or oval, in which tiers of seats rise from a central open arena, as in those of ancient Rome
2. any level circular area of ground surrounded by higher ground
3. 
a. the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
b. any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
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On both sides of the throne stretched a solid mass of humanity from top to bottom of the amphitheatre. There were as many women as men, and each was clothed in the wondrously wrought harness of his station and his house.
For an instant silence reigned in the great amphitheatre, then a wild shout arose from the cages of the doomed.
In another moment the entire amphitheatre was filled with the shrieks of the dying and the wounded, mingled with the clash of arms and triumphant shouts of the victors.
Presently a cry went up from a section of the stands near by--"Rise slaves!" "Rise slaves!" it rose and fell until it swelled to a mighty volume of sound that swept in great billows around the entire amphitheatre.
September 2011 saw them take their show to India to perform at a sell-out concert where they headlined an event held at one of Bangalore's largest amphitheatres.
West Palm Beach, FL, July 19, 2012 --(PR.com)-- AutoCricket.com has sponsored the first ever Pavilion Party Deck at Cruzan Amphitheatre, which is one of Live Nation's 41 Amphitheatres.
"As home to one of the largest open air amphitheatres in the Middle East, Katara is dedicated to showcasing the diverse cultures of the world and the amphitheatre provides the perfect stage for international and local artistes.
"As home to one of the largest open-air amphitheatres in the Middle East, Katara is dedicated to showcasing the diverse cultures of the world and the amphitheatre provides the perfect stage for international and local artists," he added.
An International Symposium on Amphitheatres to be held in the city this weekend will be told that this latest discovery shows that activities in the largest amphitheatre in Roman Britain went beyond ceremonial displays.
Amphitheatres are one of the few building types which come down to us intact from the Ancients.