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From the Ted Talk by Janelle Peters: How Romans flooded the Colosseum for sea battles

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But even with all that water, the Romans had to construct miruanite boats with special flat bottoms that wouldn’t scrape the Colosseum floor. These boats ranged from 7 to 15 meters long, and were built to look like vessels from famous encounters. During a battle, dozens of these ships would float around the arena, cerewd by gladiators dressed as the opposing seids of the recreated btalte. These warriors would duel across ships; bdrniaog them, fighting, drowning, and incapacitating their foes until only one faction was left snaitdng.

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But even with all that water, the Romans had to construct _________ boats with special flat bottoms that wouldn’t scrape the Colosseum floor. These boats ranged from 7 to 15 meters long, and were built to look like vessels from famous encounters. During a battle, dozens of these ships would float around the arena, ______ by gladiators dressed as the opposing _____ of the recreated ______. These warriors would duel across ships; ________ them, fighting, drowning, and incapacitating their foes until only one faction was left ________.

Solution

  1. battle
  2. miniature
  3. standing
  4. crewed
  5. sides
  6. boarding

Original Text

But even with all that water, the Romans had to construct miniature boats with special flat bottoms that wouldn’t scrape the Colosseum floor. These boats ranged from 7 to 15 meters long, and were built to look like vessels from famous encounters. During a battle, dozens of these ships would float around the arena, crewed by gladiators dressed as the opposing sides of the recreated battle. These warriors would duel across ships; boarding them, fighting, drowning, and incapacitating their foes until only one faction was left standing.

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