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In an ironic turn of events, Nero still seemed have his revenge in death, since the name ‘Colosseum’ itself is derived from the ‘colossal’ statue of Nero that stood in close proximity to the massive amphitheater.
Scholars believe this famous term came into popular usage by 10th century AD, replacing Amphitheatrum Flavium or Amphitheatrum Caesareum. Oddly enough, during the construction of the building, Vespasian didn’t destroy the huge piece of sculpture; rather he had the head replaced with that of Apollo (which also had a solar crown). Successive emperors kept on altering this head portion, while the main statue survived well onto the middle ages; and preserved with it a fair share of urban legends.

Source: https://www.realmofhistory.com/2016/08/06/8-facts-about-the-colosseum/